Comfortable citizen or seasoned soldier!
By Pastor Doug Cox
I admire the men and women who volunteer for military duty. There are so many who do it because they want to be on the front lines in defense of our nation. Others do it for the perks and opportunities made available to them through their service like education, healthcare and dental and the like. I admire them all. Regardless of why they joined they all know their service could cost them everything. That’s because they are no longer just a citizen, they are a soldier.
In Christianity we have the privilege of being citizens of heaven by receiving Jesus as our Lord. (See Philippians 3:20-21) By His grace, He raises us up and seats us in heavenly places. (See Ephesians 2:6) We are made joint heirs with Christ. (See Romans 8:17) On and on goes the blessings afforded us because we joined our lives to Christ. (See Ephesians 1:3) Once we are in the body of Christ, we are urged to serve the Lord. That service is an act of our free will. It is a response to His love for us. Once in the family of God we have a great challenge to move from being comfortable citizens of His kingdom to seasoned soldiers who will work on the front lines of faith trying to win the lost and spread the gospel. It may be tough at times to stand out like that in a world full of ridicule, but in the end, it will put a smile on Jesus’ face, our great commander in Chief.
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
2 Timothy 2:1-4 (NKJ)