“Enemy-occupied territory―that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed...and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. When you go to church you are really listening-in to the secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going.” ―C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Then Comes the End
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” ―1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Our God and Father, we acknowledge that by His grace and power Christ defeated sin, which is the greatest enemy of our souls, and that He completed that work by defeating the final enemy, which was death. We also recognize that there are many other enemies of the gospel, of the Church, and of Christ Himself, and that our Lord and King has conquered and defeated them all. When He comes, He rules. Amen.
If you have not done so already, make the decision once-and-for-all that you will always attend church as one who has enlisted in the service of the Lord. This is not a weekly decision, nor one that is made on each Sunday morning. Make it once, make it firm, keep your oath. By doing so, you begin each week renewed in your focus to seek first His kingdom while also being better equipped for the sabotage of the enemy.