If we are at war we would gather the strongest force we could to wage that war. Not so with the Lord. He chooses to engage the enemy in ways that do not entirely make sense to us. Look at:
Matthew 10:24 – 39
Philippians 1:12 – 26
Matthew 24:4 – 14
Revelation 4 – 5; 6:1 – 11
One of the key passages in that mix is Matthew 10:28. I have already mentioned 1 Corinthians 15:26. Look now at 1 Corinthians 15:50 – 58.
The fear of rejection, persecution, imprisonment, and possible execution for one’s faith are some of the main weapons of the enemy. Death of course is his ultimate weapon.
With the resurrection, Christ destroyed that weapon. As believers, followers of Christ we are told not to fear death. It has no power over us. That is the focus of 1 Corinthians 15:50 – 58 is it not? We are to trust in the sovereignty of God, the certainty of our resurrected life in the Kingdom validated by the resurrection of our Lord.
On that foundation we are to stand fast in the face of rejection, persecution, imprisonment, and execution.