In the breast of every man, I believe, beats the heart of a barbarian. A man created to be strong, courageous and free. Free to follow his heart and his Lord, free from the shackles of religion, bureaucracy, and political correctness. Free to be a man, unashamed and unapologetic as he storms the gates of hell to lead those he loves to the freedom he has won.
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).
The Lord gave me this verse as I was originally pondering the notion of teaching the sermon series that would become this book, “Barbarians in the Kingdom”, still wondering if it was indeed the right thing to do. When I read this, it hit me like a ton of bricks—or a barrel full of Lutefisk—that the barbarian mindset is one of simplicity of purpose. That is exactly what my ministry is all about and where I believe the Spirit is trying to redirect his church. In the chapters to come we’ll look more at what this really means and how we live it out. I have a simple unwritten mantra for my ministry approach—unwritten because it doesn’t look good on a church bulletin—“Keep it simple, stupid.” The barbarian epitomizes simplicity.
We need to be able to—and allow others to—live, love, and laugh. We need to approach life with a single-minded “get it done, make it happen” sense of mission. Life is too short to do otherwise. And we need to remember that if it’s worth having, it’s worth fighting for—to attain or to keep. Simple rules to live by.
The barbarian is comfortable with who they are; the civilized sophisticate does not intimidate him or her. They are unashamed and unapologetic about their passionately and deeply held beliefs. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ . . . ” (Rom. 1:16).
It’s the simplicity of a walk with Jesus. Uncluttered by religion, hang-ups, codependent fears, and demands. The voice that would hinder or discourage, the voices of the past that told you that you could not, will not, and are not worthy to accomplish or be who you know deep down inside that you are supposed to be; what you are supposed to do. Those things must be trodden over like the manure in the pasture that you have to step over to get to the war stallion that awaits you if you are simply brave enough to answer the call and to move in the conviction of your soul where the Spirit of the Lord who has been compelling you to action and freedom is just waiting to hand you the reins and point you in the direction of your mission unhindered by politics, red tape, and lawyers.
I would encourage all of you who have a desire to follow the Lord into the purpose he has impassioned in you to read this work of love, my latest release, Barbarians in the Kingdom, but most of all to seek out the Lord and know that he does indeed have a plan and a purpose in mind just for you, the barbarian waiting to be released in the service of your King.
You have the heart of a man, (or a warrior princess) –be strong and courageous and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” 2 Sam 10:12
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