Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7
Scripture Text: 2 Tim. 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man who warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Today is Veteran’s Day. We want to honor and esteem all veterans and especially those veterans who are with us in the worship service today. In doing so, we want to take a look at what is required to become a true veteran of the cross of Christ.
You see before you, this morning, two flags. The American Flag, and the Christian Flag. One represents our country, and the other represents our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. To serve either of these flags (and the kingdoms they represent) faithfully and effectively, one must meet certain requirements. Before one can become a veteran, they must first be a good soldier.
Webster’s Dictionary says that a veteran is: n. 1. a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like: (i.e.,a veteran of the police force.) 2. a person who has served in a military force, esp. during a war. -adj. 3. (of a soldier) having served in a military force, esp. during a war. 4. experienced through long service or
practice: (i.e.,a veteran member of Congress.) 5. of or pertaining to veterans.
Let us now take a look at what is required to be a good soldier and thus become a true veteran of the Lord.
A. First of all, to serve either flag one must do so voluntarily.
1. America no longer forces men and women to serve in the military service of their country. They are asked to volunteer to serve.
Recruitment officers are sent out to encourage people to volunteer to serve in the military.
2. God does not force anyone to serve in the service of His Kingdom, but He does plead with us to volunteer and come to salvation through Christ our Lord. He also sends out recruitment officers to urge people to serve in His Army.
Jeremiah 44:4 [GW] I have sent my servants the prophets to you again and again to tell you not to do these detestable things that I hate.
2 Cor. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
B. Christ is pleading today for the sinner to come and serve Him willingly.
1. The benefits are tremendously great!! They are “Out of this world”.
II. Complete Faith.
A. When you serve this (point to American) flag, you must have faith in the American government that it will supply your every need. Your food, clothing, shelter, medical needs, and even your companions are supplied by your government.
B. When you serve this (point to Christian) flag, you must also have faith in the one who has called you into His service that He will supply your every need. You will not have to worry about your physical needs when you serve Christ.