I pray this Veteran’s Day you showed gratefulness to all the men and women who have served our country to give us so many freedoms. We truly take for granted their sacrifices on a daily basis. This past Sunday, Victor Quintanilla, our student pastor and a sergeant in the Army, preached about this. He said as Christians we also take for granted that we are called to be soldiers for Christ. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:3-4, “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the recruiter.”
The first implication we see from this verse is the enlistment. Have you been enlisted into the Lord’s Army? This is the moment of salvation where you reject a righteousness of your own and cling to the righteousness of Jesus. If you have never trusted in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior that is the first step. Just as every new soldier goes through the enlistment process, so does the Christian. Get in one of the local Pottsboro churches and commit your life to the Lord.
Secondly, being a soldier for Christ implies that we must be disciplined. Just as the soldier doesn’t get entangled in the concerns of civilian life, we must not get entangled in the life of this world. A great illustration of this is the uniform. Military regulations require that you act a certain way when you wear their uniform because you are representing an entity greater than yourself. As Christians, once we have enlisted as followers of Jesus Christ, we put on a uniform. We are marked by an entity greater than ourselves and our lives should reflect that. Can that be said of you? If not, simply recommit today to trusting in the Lord and put on the full armor of God so you can be more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you! (Ephesians 6:10-20; Romans 8:37)