Soldiers For Christ

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NKJV)

I received an email a few weeks ago from my friend, and fellow brother in Christ, Jason.  He wrote me to let me know how much he was enjoying our Monday night Men’s bible study, and how it was impacting his walk with God.

Jason had wrote, “I really enjoy the doctrine study – I liken it to concrete on the platform of my beliefs… I feel like a solider on Monday nights, and you (through the Word) are training me for battle. Each session my concrete gets stronger and facts build and build… I read the word daily and I can feel it growing. I want to serve my Lord with honor and pride.”

As I thought about Jason’s words, I thought about how the Scriptures refer to all believers as “Soldiers for Christ.”  I thought of the example of how Paul had encouraged Timothy to be a soldier, and how he had spent time training Timothy.  Paul did this by exhorting him to be diligent to present himself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Our being a soldier for Christ will not be easy—It will entail commitment, sacrifice, and self-discipline.  We are to be faithful and diligent to read and study our Bibles so we can rightly divide the Word.  We must realize, this could only happen if we are truly signed up, and on-board with being enlisted as a soldier in God’s army.  This cannot happen until we first choose to make a place within our heart for Jesus to reign, and then be committed to give Him our very lives.   

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:14-17 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s decide with a true conviction that we are going to serve with honor and pride.  Let’s decide if we are prepared to take our rightful place as enlisted soldiers, or warriors for Jesus. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 3:14-17 what can we glean and apply to our lives today?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: If it is God’s will, are you willing to suffer for doing what is good?

APPLICATION: Let’s make a decision each morning to put on our Spiritual armor—doing everything to prepare for battle.  Now let’s choose to stand fast against the enemy as a soldier for Christ.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for equipping us to do battle.  Thank You for giving us every great and mighty weapon to defeat the enemy—weapons such as prayer, Your Word, and the Holy Spirit.  Help us to use these weapons properly today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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