Be a Good Soldier
Make no mistake about it. There are hardships involved in being a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. But there is no hardship, no problem, no suffering and no onslaught of persecution that can conquer you. Nothing hell can devise is powerful enough to overcome the mighty Name of Jesus and the power of the full armor of God.
You are thoroughly equipped for victory. Yet to win that victory, you will have to go to the battleground. You will have to face the fact that you are a soldier.
Some Christians whine, “I don’t feel like fighting the fight of faith today. It’s too hard!”
That doesn’t make any difference. You don’t ask a soldier if he’d like to get up and go to combat this morning. You don’t say, “Sir, could I bother you for a few moments? I hate to interrupt your checker game, but we’re having a war about 10 miles up the road and I just wondered if you’d like to go?”
No! You don’t ask a soldier to go to the battlefield. He is under authority. He does what he is ordered. A good soldier is willing to serve.
God is looking for soldiers like that. He is looking for people who are as eager to get in on the action as the boys on my fifth-grade football team. I’ll never forget that team. There were about 14 of us and every one of us was constantly hanging on the coach’s arm, begging him to let us in the game.
“Put me in there, Coach. I can whip that guy. Just let me have that ball. Nobody can catch me!”
One thing about that bunch of boys, we were eager. We weren’t any good, but we were ready.
If you’ll be ready spiritually, if you’ll be a good soldier, if you’ll endure the hardness, God will put you where the action is. He’ll give you more excitement than you ever dreamed you’d have. He’ll help you turn tragedies into triumphs and temptations into testimonies…if you’ll give Him an opportunity.
Speak the Word
“I endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3)
Heiligschriftstudium: Romans 8:35-39