How To Be A Soldier For Christ
If you consider yourself a believer, Christ calls you to be a soldier in his army.
At present, we live in a crucial hour as Christians. Our battlefields today are nations torn apart by civil wars, terrorism, and human rights violations. Our battlefields today are our minds, our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods; even the internet.
As political situations across the globe continue to become more volatile, we are called to be agents of peace as soldiers of Christ. We must be prepared for this.
Anyone - regardless of their circumstances in life - can make a difference in the Kingdom of God. We must seek out places of war in order to bring Christ’s peace to those dying on the battlefields of our world today.
So, how can we be good soldiers?
1. Be Courageous
Like good soldiers, we must courageously face the ugliness of war and the consequences of our sins. If you doubt, like Joshua, your ability to accomplish this task, remember God’s words in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lᴏʀᴅ your God is with you wherever you go”.
Being strong and courageous means trusting God’s promises and acting on that trust even in the face of fear. A safe place in God is a strong refuge from the enemy.
2. Be Faithful
In Ephesians 6:13, we are commanded to, “take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
If we are enlisted in his army, we are dedicated to Christ’s cause. There should be no questions about our loyalty and steadfastness as his soldiers.
3. Be Persistant
In 2 Timothy 2:3, Paul tells Timothy to not allow himself to become easily discouraged.
“Thou, therefore, endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
As Christian soldiers, we need to be prepared for conflict at all times. We must not be disheartened by the casualties around us - and threats from the enemy should not tempt us to back down or quit.
4. Be Purposeful
In 2 Timothy 2:4, Paul says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
A good soldier is not distracted by the events in his own life. Distractions make us vulnerable to satanic attacks and spiritual assassination. Our focus should be to represent Christ in conflict and to ensure his victory no matter the cost.
As Christian soldiers, our number one priority is to please the Lord by following orders, be diligent and vigilant at our post, loyal to our cause, and steadfast at all times.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our fight is not with, “Flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.
A true soldier’s life does not belong to them, but to Christ. You are called to bring Jesus to the wounded, the weary, the lonely, and the brokenhearted. You are called to bring his light, his truth, his peace and his hope to this war-weary world.
Go forth, and let your battle-cry be, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)