That’s What a Soldier Does

2 Timothy 2:3 says, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

Something that we should always do is thank our veterans for their willful and sacrificial service for the United States. So many of our soldiers have been wounded and even killed on the battlefield for what is considered necessary for the freedom of millions of people. They endure hardness through much training to prepare themselves for war. They labor to defend and protect their fellowsoldiers, doing everything that they can possibly do to advance the mission and purpose in which they have been assigned. Regardless of the cost, they are willing to pay the price in order to defend the honor of what they perceive to be the greatest nation on earth!

In the same manner, we are soldiers in the army of God. The fact that Ephesians 6 lists the armor of God prophecies that we will have to face some battles in life, but we are not to quit or surrender to the enemy in the face of adversity. Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 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.” We are commanded to be strong, to endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. It is not always easy serving God, but we have authority and power in the kingdom of God to be triumphant over the tactics of the devil. Our enemy is not any human being, regardless of whether they are atheists, evolutions, Muslims, Buddhists, etc., but it is Satan and his kingdom of darkness that opposes the mission and works of the kingdom of God! Therefore, we must know who the enemy is and follow God’s plan, which is written in the Word of God, in order to overcome!

All of those who are considered the church are part of God’s army. We are fellowsoldiers, and it is our mission to fight, protect, and defend one another in honor of God’s kingdom. We are not to kill our own soldiers, but we are to help our brothers and sisters. If they are wounded in the battlefield, we are not called to “finish them off”, but rather to mend up their wounds. We are to endure through the troubles, trials, and tribulations, refusing to surrender and give up so that we can be considered good soldiers of Jesus Christ! Let this be an encouragement today in honor of our American Veterans. Learn from what they have willed and accomplished in the natural, and apply it to the spiritual. Press through all adversity in order to be in right standing with God, and let your focus be fulfilling the Great Commission. Our warfare is not carnal, but spiritual. Therefore, we must be spiritually determined to remain faithful to God and His plan for our lives in the same way that He has been faithful to us. Jesus Christ paid the price for our freedom. So, we must defend the honor and freedom that we have in Him! Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.