04 Jan On Mission Warrior (12 of 12)
THE ON MISSION WARRIOR (12 of 12)
Finishing our year-end series on “The On Mission Warrior”…check our previous posts below, or on our website (www.OnMissionMartialArts.org ) for the first eleven if you missed them! Hope you have a blessed transition to 2018!
TWELVE (12 of 12): As I follow my Master, Jesus Christ I will also strive to make Him my model for the Character of a Christ Warrior.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2, ESV)
Character (Greek = “charakter”) is a word that has been translated in the Bible as the phrase “express image.” In Hebrews 1:2 and Colossians 1:15 (among other Scriptures) we see that Jesus is our model of Godly character.
As martial artists we develop abilities and power that require a counterbalance of strong character to avoid abuse. To learn these potentially harmful moves without the context of character development would be dangerous and very irresponsible.
Following are Twelve character qualities that are critical to any martial artist, but especially as we represent Christ as Christian Warriors. In the On Mission Martial Arts program we cycle through one of these Twelve character qualities per month, focusing on various aspects of each one to grow and sharpen it in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.
12 Characteristics of a Christian Warrior: COURAGEOUS; COMPASSIONATE; SELF-CONTROLLED; FOCUSED; PERSEVERING; RESPECTFUL; GRATEFUL; HUMBLE; RESPONSIBLE; DISCERNING; DISCIPLINES; ENTHUSIASTIC.
Every martial arts program teaches character – whether intentionally or not. Usually it contains elements of Eastern worldviews (Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Confucianism) or secular humanistic worldviews (“I can accomplish anything in my own strength,” “I am my own god.”). These can, over time, undermine what is being taught in Christian homes and churches.
By relying on Christ as our perfect model of character and the Word of God as our guidebook, we can bring glory to God by reflecting His character. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Nice article on Biblical character:
Keep Fighting the Good Fight!
OMMA Founder/Senior Instructor
Yondan – 4th Degree Black Belt
Attachment: on mission warrior.pdf (116.2kB)