A GOOD SOLDIER OF CHRIST JESUS
Bible says in 2 Timothy 2,3 - Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
In Scripture, we find several references to the Christian as being a soldier in warfare. We are constantly in a battlefield.
To be Good Soldiers, we need three important things:
As a soldier problems are expected. A soldier does not sit by the green lawns but stands in the battlefield. He must be courageous to face his enemies. As Christians, we are also constantly in a battlefield. There is a spiritual warfare taking place.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:12-13
An unbeliever also faces problems and as believers we also face problems. But our reaction must not be similar to theirs. For we know ‘Our Redeemer liveth’ and our Bible teaches us ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ’ Phil 4:6
Look at the example in the book of Judges. If you read about the life of Gideon – Gideon was one of the 12 judges in the book of Judges. God chose him to fight against the Midianites. 32000 people gathered. These people are too many. Judges 7: 3 says ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once...’ God does not want fearful people to fight the battle. He wants bold people. Immediately 22000 people departed and only 10000 remained.
When Joshua took over the ministry from the hands of Moses, God’s words to him were ‘Be strong and courageous,’ Joshua 1:6
A soldier must be prepared at all times. If he sits lazily without preparation for the battle, the enemy will attack suddenly and the country will be destroyed. He should always be ready.
As good soldiers for Christ, you must be always ready to face your enemy the devil. You cannot be lazy. You cannot waste your time. You must prepare for the battle daily by reading the Bible, by praying in the fullness of spirit and by trusting God’s direction and instruction for battling the enemy. If you remain unprepared, the devil will attack you anytime.
What was God’s purpose in separating those who lapped putting their hand to their mouth from the rest of people who get down on their knees to drink water. Those who lapped with their mouth were ready to fight anytime than those who leisurely got into the river to drink water. Thus these 300 people who lapped were selected. God wants people who remain prepared at all times.
How can you be prepared?
Paul tells us this secret. How many books did Paul write?
Out of these books, 4 books were written when Paul was in jail. These are called prison epistles. They include Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.
When in prison Paul was continuously watching soldiers. So he wrote to Christians in those very terms. Ephesians 6:13 -18.
· belt of truth buckled around your waist
· breastplate of righteousness
· your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
· the shield of faith
· helmet of salvation
· the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
V 18: Unless you have them, you are not putting on the dress needed to fight in the battle.
A soldier must be faithful to his master and to his country. When we first accepted Christ, we owed to serve Christ alone and follow him sincerely all throughout our life. We must be faithful to
1. Our calling in Christ.
2. To obey Christ at all times
3. To your relationship to Christ
If we be bold, prepared and faithful, we will be good soldiers of Christ. Then like Paul said in 2 Tim 4:7, we too can boldly say ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the word’
The good thing is that the battle is not ours, but the Lord's. We are called upon to be God's agents on this earth to go forward with gospel claiming victory through Christ. We have been given our 'marching orders' by the Captain of the host. Mt. 28:19-20
- Sunitha Justin