Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them - Matthew 18:19-20 ESV
In 2007, Zack Snyder produced a film named 300. It was based on the Battle of Thermopylae and centered primarily on the role of the Spartans in this famous battle.
Several years earlier, the Persians under king Darius I had invaded Greece, primarily in order to punish the city-states of Athens and Eretria. These city states had supported the cities of Ionia during their revolt against Persian rule. The invasion ended with the decisive Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.
King Darius began raising a huge new army with which he intended to return with full force, to obtain revenge for his devastating defeat.
Darius was killed in battle and his son Xerxes ascended to the throne. Xerxes, determined to avenge his father's defeat, launched his offensive upon Greece in what is now known as the Battle of Thermopylae with an army of some one hundred and fifty thousand men and a navy of six hundred ships..
The Battle of Thermopylae took place over a three day period. The Greeks were able to hold their position against the Persians over the first two days.
The tide turned when a member of a Greek tribe showed the Persians an alternative route that would take them behind the Greek force. This gave the Persians a competitive advantage.
Once King Leonidas (the commander of the Spartans) realized what had been done, he made a monumental decision – rather than abandon their position and withdraw to the south before the Persians arrived, Leonidas relieved the majority of his army.
The only ones left to fight were the 300 Spartans (the main focus of the film), 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans.
Of course, we know the battle ended with the total annihilation of the remaining force. The defeat of the Spartans at this battle served two purposes. The first was that it gave the army that Leonidas had dismissed an opportunity to escape. Secondly, and more importantly, their heroism boosted the morale of the surviving soldiers .
The remainder of the Greek army went on to defeat the Persians in the Battles of Salamis and Plataea, which effectively ended the Second Persian Invasion.
My brothers, there is a lot that can we learn from the efforts of the King Leonidas and his allies.
A group of like minded men that are united by a common goal can change the world!
This has been proven over and over again throughout the ages. Take a look at scripture and examine the efforts of Paul, Mark and Barnabas as they spread the gospel during the early stages of Christianity.
Look at God's handiwork in the 7th chapter of Judges where Gideon's army of 32,000 was reduced to 300 men and the Midianites were delivered into their hands.
Of course, there is the widely known example of Jesus and the 12 disciples.
Men, I challenge you today to pray to God for His wisdom and guidance to identify a group of men that will be willing to come together for the purpose of changing the world.
As scripture promises, where there are two or three that are gathered in His name, He will be there among them.
Has God been tugging on your heart to start or be a part of a group of men committed to make a change? Let's start a conversation below.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.