George is living his life. He doesn’t do anything that would hurt anyone. “Can’t we get along” is his mantra. There are times of happiness, but they are fleeting. There are occasions when George is moved to go the extra mile for someone else. In his own keep calm and carry on he has made great strides in being a good person.
There is a foreboding presence in George. Deep inside of George a terrible dragon dwells. A dragon living in a dark and dank cave. A cave hidden from everyone but himself. That dragon craves for power, and reputation and self-reliance. Occasionally George is overcome by the dragon. Especially when he is really stressed. Out of the unfortunate events in his life the dragon growls. The dragon shouts, “I can do it”. Giving into the dragon brings guilt, pain, embarrassment. George has lost self-control and let the dragon direct his responses. Few see his dastardly dragon, but he is there. The dragon shapes and overshadows all his beliefs, attitudes, and more than he would admit, his actions.
A day not to long ago, George heard the Gospel.
In the word of God, George hears, “I will make you mine and take possession of the cave and slay the dragon. Will you yield to my possession? It will mean a whole new way of thinking and feeling and acting.”
George replied: “But that dragon has always been with me.” And with down cast eyes and with a whimper, “the dragon is me. Even though I am embarrassed by him, he is who I am.”
In a desperate instant George raises his eyes and shouts back at Jesus, “If you kill it I will die.”
Jesus says, “And you will rise to newness of life, I will give you a new identity, I will make my mind, my will, and my heart your own.”
In the depths of George’s hidden cave he hears the dragon roar.
George in a moment of great distress and resolve and willfully ignoring the dragon, says, “What must I do?”
He answers, “Trust me and do as I say. As long as you trust me, we cannot lose.” Overcome by the beauty and power of Christ, George bows and makes a pledge of eternal loyalty and trust.
George rises with a new resolve, “I will follow you anywhere.”
Jesus responds placing a great sword in George’s hand and says, “Follow me.” He leads George to the mouth of the cave and says, “Go slay the dragon.”
But George looks at him bewildered, “I cannot do it, I have tried to silence him. He is invincible. He is more than anything I can or have tried. I cannot do it without you.”
Jesus smiles. “Well said. You learn quickly. Never forget: my commands for you to do something are never commands do alone.” Shoulder to shoulder and the sword in hand, they enter the cave together.
It was a horrific battle. But each swipe of the sword, the hand of Jesus was there guiding, enabling, strengthening. Christ’s hand became George’s hand.
At last, the dragon lies limp. George asks, “Is it dead?”
Jesus with a concerned knit brow states, “I have come to give you a new life. This new identity is what you received when you yielded to my possession and pledged faith and loyalty to me. And now with my sword and my hand you have felled the dragon of the flesh. It is a mortal wound. It will die. That is certain. But it has not yet bled to death. I will help you seal up the cave. You must hold constant vigil to make sure the spirit of flesh does not come and cause earthquakes in your life and loosen the stones. It is up to you to keep the entrance fortified and well built. I have this confidence in you. With My sword and My hand in yours, this dragon will die, he is finished, your new life is secure.