Is There An Army Rising?

Chris Jones by Chris Jones

There’s a song many of us sing on Sunday mornings, called “Break Every Chain”. It’s credited to William Reagan of United Pursuit. If you’re not familiar with it, a repeated phrase in that song says, “There is power in the name of Jesus…To break every chain.” Later, this verse changes to say, “There’s an army rising up…To break every chain.” It’s a powerful statement, whether we mean what we’re saying or not.

It makes me think, do we mean what we’re saying? Do we really believe that God is raising an army to break every chain of bondage? If so, do we understand that his plan is for us to be a part of that army?

If your Sunday morning experience is anything like mine, you stand in a sanctuary full of people, where about 90% of those present are singing this confession. However, if your Sunday morning experience is anything like mine, you’re singing this along with a sanctuary full of people who allow 80% of the work in your church to be done by 20% of the people. If your Sunday morning experience is anything like mine, you’re singing this with a sanctuary full of people, where only 10%-12% are consistently making financial contributions to support the work of that local body of believers. If your Sunday morning experience is anything like mine, you may be singing this with a sanctuary full of people who, despite the desperate pleas of their pastor, don’t work to actively take the truth of God’s Word into their communities and schools and workplaces.

Is this what a rising army looks like?

If we’re honest with ourselves, we’d admit that we have a good way to go before we, the global body of believers in Christ, look anything like a unified army of warriors, advancing to break the chains of bondage. What if God’s army doesn’t rise up? Where would we be if it weren’t for those who came before us? Where could we be if more before us were faithful to the call? Where can we be this time next year, if more will answer the call?

Take this moment to allow the Holy Spirit to put in your heart, an image of that army clad in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). How does this picture compare to or contrast with your life? It should be more than just a line of a song we sing. What is God calling you to do, as part of the army that’s rising up…to break every chain?

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Posted on April 24, 2015, in Chris Jones, Christianity and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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