Consider military forces engaged in conflict. Are all ground soldiers? Even among them are they all snipers, or radiomen, or medics? Doesn't the military have need of all of these, as well as airman and naval personnel, whose jobs are equally varied? So why must we insist that Christians all be like one another? Scripture teaches us, in several places and by different human authors, that we are all members of One Body. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts, the Son gives us offices, the Father gives the orders. We are all different for a reason, and one way to achieve victory is to stop insisting others become like you, or trying to become like someone else. We must ask God to make us into the kind of warrior He wants.
In our story we find Reg and Rebecca have different talents. They even hold different ranks, but fighting together they become unbeatable (with Angel and Angela, and of course God). As they let God create them into the person they were meant to be, sometimes using hurtful memories of the past, he walks them through to a different, new, and vibrant life, where they are a warrior unlike any other on the battlefield. This is how we are to be. We are to realize that our ultimate strength is God and God alone, and beyond that we are to allow God to mold us into that which He has already predetermined we should be. In this there is not only personal victory, but victory for the rest of the army. We will stop killing off our own soldiers and help the wounded off the field. God sends His medics to care for the wounded. So if you find encouraging someone to be more to your personality than preaching, perhaps it's because you are one of these medics. Or perhaps you are one of God's heroes who will go into the throes of battle and carry away the wounded to safety. Don't try to become someone you are not. Let God create you to be the person He wishes you to be. Always remember, the ultimate victory was already achieved through the death of Jesus on the cross. Now that almost gets back to my last review on humbling ourselves. Hmmm. Maybe I should have stayed there a bit longer.
Needless to say there is so much in this book that you can't help but enjoy it and be enriched by it. I want to thank James Robert Wilson personally for this book, and for helping me in my spiritual walk through pointing me to the Word of God in places that I really needed to see God speaking to me in. Thank you. For the rest of you, pick up this book and be enriched and encouraged yourselves.