Your “tactical mission” as God’s Son, God’s Mighty Warrior is to use the spiritual military tactics, His plan, so the emphasis, your focus is on the outcome of your mission, eternal life, rather than the specific means of achieving it and how you share your story. It’s also important that as Mighty Warriors we understand that our weaknesses and fears are what He planned to use for GOOD in order to destroy the enemy and rescue the lost.
Every training measure God uses is so we can gain our real strength, our spiritual strength to overcome the wicked one. Coupled with our trust in Him as our leader who leads us by His example and by being yoked to Him will mean we are no longer SELFconscious. When our focus turns toward the needs of others, the SELF in us will fade away. Rather than worrying about what others think of us, we valiantly follow His example and put others first.
Being set apart means we are often put in uncomfortable situations so we gain a better, closer relationship with our Forever Best Friend and find the comforting protection of our Heavenly Father. Once Erin met her friend Liesel who you read about in On the Rock, the next year and the next and the next God made sure she went to a new school where she knew no one. At one new school, God turned the hearts of all her classmates so for six long weeks and she ate alone—giving her the determination to make friends so she could introduce anyone eating alone to a group of friends. That way no one had to face the rejection of eating alone!
God’s mission led Erin to walk around the cafeteria and the courtyard at lunchtime looking for anyone who was eating alone. She’d simply walk over and say, “Hi, I’m Erin, would you mind if I eat with you?” and then ask to meet and have lunch the next day. The second day Erin would suggest eating and meeting some of her “friends” introducing them to a group of friends who were most like her new friend.
In each difficulty, in each challenge, and in each of our trials there is a hidden pearl—an opportunity God has given us. Once we believe in our hearts that God causes all things to work together for good and that God created each calamity for us to bless someone else—this becomes our mission, our calling that comes directly from the Father as we yoke and tether ourselves to Him—freefalling— that very soon will become exhilarating!
What’s funny is that most people believe that Erin is outgoing and brave, overflowing with a lot of SELF-confidence, but the truth is that is not her nature. The reason she looks out for others is that He looks out for her and her assurance is the best assurance anyone could have and everyone needs to have! The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen because her hope and trust IS the Lord. What about you?
If you’ve been rejected once or all your life, take heart—you’ve been rejected for good—and as you look to Him and trust Him I promise everything will turn out for good, for you and as you serve others! Begin today by sharing “Rejected for Good” and the other stories you’ve read.
- Share them with your classmates when they ask you why you are so kind.
- Share them with your parents when they ask you why you are so giving.
- Share them with anyone you meet when they ask you why you are so full of joy.