Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer. (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
This Veterans Day, it is helpful to remember that the Bible is full of military metaphors because no human institution more closely resembles the Christian church than the armed forces. Both have missions of such vital importance that they supersede individual needs and desires. Both are involved in life or death struggles to protect freedoms and rescue individuals from evil. Both develop deep bonds between individuals through shared service and sacrifice. Both succeed through skilled leadership, discipline, and a clear chain of command. In the church, our battle is not against flesh and blood, and the victory is assured in Christ Jesus. Yet as long as the war rages we are called to follow our commanding officer, who is always faithful.
Lord God, strengthen us to sacrifice and serve under the command of our Savior, in Jesus, amen.
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.