There’s a song written and performed by Tedashii (and Flame) called “Make War” that appears on his album “Identity Crisis”. If you’re unfamiliar with this song and like Christian Hip-Hop, I would challenge you to listen to this every morning before you start your day.
One of the elements of the song that I love so much is a sermon clip of John Piper who exclaims:
“I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their short-comings, and I see so little war! ‘Murmur, murmur, murmur… Why am I this way?’ Make WAR!”
How often do we MAKE WAR?
Earlier this week, my 9 year-old son, who happens to love Christian Hip-Hop and Tedashii, wasn’t feeling so well. In the middle of the night, I went to check on him and he was burning up with a fever. I grabbed our Exergen Temporal Scanner Thermometer (yes, that’s the official name of the product) and ran it across his forehead.
I gave him some children’s Motrin and moved him into our room. Later in the evening, I discovered my wife sitting with him on the floor, comforting him as he reacted to night terrors. Honestly, it was scary. He kept seeing things and was afraid the walls were chasing him. He was afraid of being run down and run over. It was a bizarre experience to see.
And I was seething with anger.
No, I wasn’t mad my sleep was interrupted. I was mad at the devil, as this felt like a personal attack against my family. “Leave my son alone,” were in my thoughts…and then we prayed. We prayed that God would divinely heal him and that the devil would stay away. We called and cried out to Jesus.
I would have traded places with my son in a heartbeat. And that’s the point of this post. That’s what Jesus did, my friends. For you. For me. For the world. God sent His only Son to take on human form, to live a perfect life, to experience the same things we do, but to die a brutal death on the cross. He was mocked, insulted, beaten, slaughtered, and nailed to the cross. All for our sins. He took our sins to the grave and was restored and redeemed and brought to life 3 days later and we are made righteous and holy through the resurrection of Jesus.
Repenting of our sins and following Jesus requires that we make war. I encourage you friends today to stop what you’re doing and MAKE WAR.
(Featured photo by ReachRecords.com)