B. When you serve this (Christian) flag, Christ expects and requires no less.
Matthew 26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Isaiah 1:19-20 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Illustration: John Newton, the writer of the most popular hymn in history, "Amazing Grace" said: "… if two angels in heaven were given assignments by God at the same time, one of them to go and rule over the greatest nation on earth and the other to go sweep the
streets of the dirtiest village, each angel would be completely indifferent as to which one got which assignment.
It simply wouldn’t matter to them. Why? Because the real joy lies in being obedient to God.
For a Christ follower, the important thing isn’t what God has us doing; the important thing is that we’re doing what God wants us to do."
V. Complete Devotion.
A. When you serve this (American) flag, you are expected to be completely devoted to the country it represents.
1. Devotion (Webster) - 1. earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc. 2.profound dedication, esp. to religion; consecration.
B. When you serve this (Christian) flag, Christ expects you to be completely devoted (consecrated) to Him and His Kingdom.
1 Chron. 29:5 [Living] Now then, who will follow my example? Who will give himself and all that he has to the Lord?"
One day I looked at myself—at the self that Christ can see;
I saw the person I am today and the one I ought to be.
I saw how little I really pray and how little I really do;
I saw the influence of my life—how little of it was true!
I saw the bundle of faults and fears I ought to lay on the shelf;
I had given a little bit to God, but I hadn’t given myself!
I came from seeing myself, with my mind made up to be—
The sort of person that Christ can use, with a heart He may always see.
C. To be a true spiritual veteran, one must be completely devoted to the service of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Conclusion: To become true veterans of the cross, we must first be good soldiers of the cross. May the Lord, this Veteran’s Day, make us all true Spiritual Veterans.