Summary: we are all part of one body, the head being Jesus, time to act like it
A SOLDIER OF JESUS, IN THE ARMY OF GOD
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
We have been told over the last couple of months that we have been called in army service, it is not voluntary, and you just have to pitch up. We have learnt how to become one with Christ, in Christ, how being part of a team will get us there.
So we have been drafted, majority of you all stood when asked if you would like to be a soldier, now comes the testing, a medical exam to see if you are eligible, a short insight course to discipline and basic army training.
Now there are three types of soldiers:
1. Compromisers (rationalize position rather than take a stand)
2. Quitters (can’t take the heat of the battle)
3. The faithful (no assignment is too tough and no battles too fearful)
The first quality we need to look at is: are you a follower? Does a soldier conform to orders? Now in a Christian way this implies relationship: Is the Lord our God your personal saviour? It implies rank: every child of God is under ranked under Jesus and is responsible for following Him and His will for their lives. (Judges 7:1-9, only some are chosen). It implies rule: in a soldiers life to refuse to follow orders is treason. When we refuse to live as the Lord desires, then we have crossed the line from follower to traitor. (James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.)
The second quality we need to look at is: are you faithful? Patience: - A good soldier endures hardship and does not quit, he realizes that there will be trouble along the way but will not be detoured. Us as Christians must understand that pain is often part of the Christian experience. (John 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”)Priorities: - a soldier always seeks to please the commander, so for us pleasing God ought to be your first priority. (1 Corinthians 10:31- so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.) (1 Corinthians 6:20- you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.) Practice: the soldier takes care of the things delivered to him, he refuses to bring disgrace and dishonour upon his superior. Are you keeping the faith this morning, do you bring dishonour to the Lord? (Philippians 1:27 - Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel)
The third quality we need to look at is: are you familiar? With the sound of the commander’s voice. Do you recognize the Lord’s voice when He speaks? Do you read your bible and pray daily? (John 10:3-5 - The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”) With your weapons? Armour of God (Ephesians 6) with the enemy? The good Christian soldier needs to be wise to the ways of the devil and he needs to know that the Lord Jesus is greater than any enemy we will ever face. Watch what you say, watch your emotions, do not let the devil in. (1 John 4:4 - You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.) with friends. A soldier cares about the welfare of others. We as Christians need to go to church for fellowship of others.
The fourth quality we need to look at is: are you a fighter? A soldier stands his ground and fights until the battle is over with determination. Many Christians drop out, are you one of them? A soldier is driven to the finish of the battle. Many Christians quit on the Lord, does that describe you? I challenge you to keep serving and keep fighting. A soldier is dedicated to his oath. Are you determined to live for the Lord regardless of the personal cost? Do you tell others about God, Jesus, Eternal life?