We are Soldiers
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.” – 2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV
A common picture used in the New Testament to describe the Church is that of an army. Followers of Jesus should be living as soldiers for Christ, doing what our commanding officer has set out for us to do. A collection of soldiers is an army and an army is a group of people with a single mission, working for something much bigger than just themselves.
Soldiers in the natural serve for their families or their countries, we are spiritually soldiers and we serve The One, who is greater than our nation or our families, JESUS CHRIST.
There is a spiritual war going on and we choose this day whom we will serve, The Lord or ourselves and our sinful nature.
It is not whether we serve or not but rather whom we serve as there is no ‘neutral ground’ or ‘grey area’.
The acclaimed C.S.Lewis said this, “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.”
We are living on a battleground not on a playground. We have been left with a mission, Matthew 28:18-20, and it is a foolish soldier who doesn’t do what his commanding officer has said.
Paul in his final letter written in the New Testament tells Timothy to behave like a soldier and he tells him to teach others the same. With his final words he is letting him know that he is at war. The same applies to us now, 2000 years later, we are still at war.
We need to be aware and live aware that we are at war, we can’t afford to live like we are on a playground, for both our sake and for others sake!
God has called us to reach the lost and if we live like no-one is lost then we won’t reach anyone. Why else are we here except to tell lost people about Jesus? Anything else we could be doing just as well, or better, if we were in heaven. The lost won’t be with us in heaven so let’s show them Jesus now while we still can!
We are soldiers for Christ, representing Him everywhere we go, whatever we do, whoever we talk to, so let’s make it count. Remember that we are in a war, remember that there is no neutral ground, and live accordingly.
We have been brought from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
As soldiers we are called to bring people into this Kingdom, a better Kingdom, HIS KINGDOM!
Let’s get on with HIS MISSION, HIS WAY and live as a soldier living to please our commanding officer.