A Soldier for god
Recently, my aunt went home to God. During her Homegoing service, the pastor said she was a true soldier for Christ. This statement was, of course, true. The remarks reminded me of my mother's Homegoing service. She was also called a soldier for God. This statement was also true. I thought then, as I think now, "Am I a true soldier in God's army?" So, I consulted the only place that I knew would have the answer. The Bible.
First, I reaffirmed, for myself, that God does not expect perfection from me. Christ died for me, because of all of the sins I would commit. When I dedicated my life to Him, I was washed in His blood. The Blood cleanses every spot and stain. However, He does not want me to sin deliberately, "For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,..." (Hebrews 10:26) And hey, if I stay in Christ, and study the Word as I should, bury the Word so that my life will preach for me, I can reach "Job's" perfection, "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt. 5:48) "There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil." (Job 1:1)
Second, I checked the "realness" of my convictions. Was I the same person on Sunday as Wednesday? Was I the same in church as well as out of church? Was I the same in my neighborhood as I was in another state? Was I the same at work as I was at home? Am I free to proclaim to anyone I believe in God, and He is my Lord and Savior? If I can say, "Yes!" then my beliefs and convictions are real. Happily, I say with tears in my eyes, "They are!" Since my God is real, He deserves only sincere worship and praise.
Third, I examined my life. Do I put on the whole army of God and stand when I can't do anything else? Do I pray, because I know "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places?" (Eph. 6:12) Do I acknowledge that the battle, nor and the strength I'll fight with is not mine? I can personally do nothing! Through God, I can move mountains. Am I willing to suffer with Christ? If I want to partake in the victory party, I have to "share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." (2 Tim: 2:3)
Well, honestly, I don't like to suffer. Do you? However, I have learned in these four decades plus, suffering comes to us all. I might as well, pray through it, instead of curse and fuss through it. Because IT will come.
So, what's the verdict? I AM A TRUE SOLDIER FOR MY GOD! I am on the battlefield for my Lord every day. I will fight until my last breath, as my mother, grandmothers, grandfathers, and a host of aunts and uncles. I will wait until my Commander-in-Chief says, My child, loyal soldier, your battle is over. Come home and get your everlasting reward. Well done my good and faithful servant.
Well, this is my perspective on being a soldier for Christ. What's yours?