When I was just a child, I had dreams of being in an army. Not the U.S. Army as you would like to think. Instead, in an army for the Lord.
I had visions of hundreds of children and teenagers like myself marching in sync. We were wearing camouflage green suits. Shouting in a sharp and crisp rhythm, “I’m a soldier in the army of the Lord”.
I was a leader.. a Sergeant, if you will. I had decided in my heart that I would lead people to God. Regardless of what battles I’d have to face, I was determined to make a stand for Him.
The possibility of this vision to be fulfilled is becoming more of a reality. I’ve been given this opportunity to be used by God to reach hundreds (if not more) through my blog posts.
So, not everything is as it seemed in my mind. I’m not wearing the camouflage green suit with hundreds of others and marching in sync down the streets of unknown places. But I am wearing my godly armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). I will continue to boldly and bravely proclaim, “I’m a soldier in the army of the Lord”.
Unbeknownst to my childlike mind, God had already imparted scripture that encourages us to be a good soldier for Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 & 10 reads;
(3) Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (4) Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. (10) So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.
A soldier will undoubtedly suffer hardships and afflictions, that’s part of the assignment. A good soldier of Christ means that you are able and competent to be a champion of the cause of Christ.
A soldier should maintain a clear mindset in order to lead other soldiers to war or battle. A soldier of Christ will not involve themselves in the businesses of others’ lives. Meaning we should not accommodate ourselves to the opinions, desires, and interests of others.
A U.S. Army soldier lives by the Seven Core Army Values and by their Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
Ethos as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is ‘the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.’ Here is what I studied and translated regarding our Ethos as a soldier of Christ:
I will persevere under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to my faith in Christ. I will bear bravely and calmly in everything, in every way, and in every relation. This is to promote his cause to those who are destined for salvation but have not yet been brought to it. And they will be rewarded, after the Savior’s return from heaven, to the promised glorious condition of blessedness that has no end.
At GoArmy.com, their website is confident in stating that they’re “the team that makes a difference”.
For those of you who join this elite army of the Lord, I am confident that you’ll make a difference for the cause of Christ!
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”- Philippians 4:13 (NLT)