Kingdom of Heaven was an average film with one above-average line.
In one scene, Jerusalem is besieged by a Muslim army that far outnumbers any Christians fit to fight. Balian, played by Orlando Bloom, prepares the city for the coming onslaught. One action he takes is to knight dozens of men on the eve of battle. He can’t find any experienced fighters, so he commands servants and farmers and craftsmen to kneel. He commits them to the task and proclaims, “Rise a knight!”
Watching this, the discouraged Patriarch of Jerusalem mockingly asks him, “Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?”
Balian turns slowly to face the cynic and says simply, firmly, “Yes.”
No apology, no explanation, no defense for his actions.
It’s a great film moment.
Remembering who you are in Christ makes you a better person. Maybe you’ve heard the choral piece called This Is My Destiny. The song lists all the ways God identifies who we are:
He calls me child.
He calls me to His side eternally.
He calls what once was lost now found,
once bound to sin set free.
He calls me holy,
calls me righteous,
by the blood redeemed.
He calls me overcomer,
crowned with victory.
This is my destiny!
A cynic may ask, “Does simply calling a man these things make him a better man?” Like Balian, we have no other argument, explanation, or apology. We simply say, “Yes!”
We need constant reminders of who we are in Christ, because Satan works hard to strip us of this exalted identity. Today, remember who you are—and live accordingly.
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