Soldiers For Christ (Memorial Day)
Contributed by Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May 24, 2015 (message contributor)
Summary: Jesus Christ in good faith chose the first 12 disciples---soldiers to run their course fighting the good fight in good warfare in which the standard of faith was questioned as little faith when so much more faith was needed in those days and today.
SOLDIERS FOR CHRIST
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (May 24, 2015)
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Timothy 2:3, King James Version (KJV) [Timothy exhorted to constancy]).
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Christ Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, Where are the real soldiers for Jesus Christ? Ministers, are there any Timothy s among you, ---holding on to the fold, those that are the least and taking care of the widows?
Recently, there was a man who was captured by the law of the land robbing a church. Later, the lawmen discovered he was a pastor. Further to discovery, they found out he not only robbed the church they caught him selling the goods of in a yard sale but he robbed more churches before he robbed the one they caught him selling the goods of in his yard sale. All I know is---he's not the only one stealing from God but he did get caught and charged with theft when he needs to learn not to blaspheme as those in the days of Timothy. In those days the priests called Jesus Christ a blasphemer for saying he was the Son of God.
The vocation of a minister is not to be taken lightly by the ministers that step into the fold of Jesus Christ as ministers. You must be disciplined of heart with a sound mind to endure hardness in hardship---knowing when the money runs out and you are traveling on the battlefield fighting the good fight, mighty in good warfare, to preach and teach the Word of God you must return home to earn more money to care for yourself, your family, and your pastoral duties mindful of the qualifications of church officers---those left to inspire those Christ gave to your ministry through scripture. In the deep south in southwestern Georgia I found out many ministers are of the mindset that it is alright for them to rob neighbors in the community to support the ministry when hardly any are on the battlefield in good warfare just minding those who sit in the pews from one Sunday to the next. Jesus Christ had a public ministry---out and about among the people, the backsliders and transgressors, sick, diseased, deranged, possessed, lame, crippled, spiritual dead, physical dead---healing their hearts; their flesh and raising them up, lifting them up in spirit. Paul the Apostle in his First Epistle to Timothy (verses 18-20):
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies
which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning
faith have made shipwreck; Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I
have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
How many are taking in the Name of Jesus---stealing from God to suit themselves; some because their wives told them to do it---to take the money from the church? Likewise, for the women ministers, how many husbands tell you to do the same---take the money from the church? A good steward is a good steward and one on the take will open any till to fill his pockets---even the offerings to God for his private affairs. I am sure those with a good conscience---search the pride in their hearts that will not let them ask for help, just take the money they need for their private affairs and are bothered about the guilt, convicted in their hearts because they know that the same Jesus Christ they steal from is the one and the same whom their salvation is through.
Most importantly, the shame you feel when you need to ask for help should not lead you as you go forward as a soldier for Jesus Christ. During the time of post-exile from bondage in Babylon, Ezra and the people fasted and afflicted themselves by the river Ahava to ask God a right way for them, for their little ones, and for their substance; for Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and
horsemen to deal with the enemy in their way because they had spoken before of God's hand for good and God's power and wrath for those who forsake him (Ezra 8:21-22, KJV [Ezra proclaimeth a fast]).
The ministers of today are such fast movers and shakers supposedly on the battlefield for Jesus Christ, I do not think they have time to fast and pray to ask God for what they need. In times gone by, I remember a lot of fasting and praying going on---just tarrying in prayer on the knees all the time in the protestant churches but now-a-days, asking the family of God to stay on their knees is too much so that God will answer their prayers for what they need; sometimes, asking them to stand to pray is too much . So, who is inspiring who? Is the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ inspiring the people or are the people setting forth what they want to say---leaving the constancy of God's Word---the Truth, which is Jesus Christ, just running a muck in their own beliefs.