Sunday, April 1, 2018

Jesus is Your Commanding Officer!

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Timothy, my child, Christ Jesus is kind, and you must let him make you strong.  You have often heard me teach. Now I want you to tell these same things to followers who can be trusted to tell others.  As a good soldier of Christ Jesus you must endure your share of suffering.  Soldiers on duty don't work at outside jobs. They try only to please their commanding officer.

2 Timothy 2: 1 - 4

I remember the day that my youngest son went away for Basic Training in the United States Navy.  He was not yet 18 and was our "baby" so that day was difficult for us.  But two months later he had been transformed into a man to be admired!  The discipline and yes "suffering" he endured produced character traits that still, many years later support him in successful living!

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are in every way a soldier.  You will endure suffering and the focus of your life is not your job, but your relationship with Jesus.  He is first place in your life, before everything else.  And the most important thing in your life is "pleasing your commanding officer."

When Jesus says "jump" you don't even ask "how high," you just simply jump as high as you can!  Jesus is your commanding officer and your day must be constantly a day of watching and listening for any Word from Him!  If Jesus even looks your way, you will get ready to respond.  

When a soldier is sent on a mission, he doesn't need to "understand" what he is doing.  All a soldier needs is to clearly hear the command and he is off to the fight!  It is not for the soldier to understand the war.  He simply needs to do the will of his commander!

It is not for you to understand the war with Satan! It is for you to do the Will of your Commander, Jesus Christ!  When you do that you will suffer here and you may even lose your life here on earth, but you will gain Life forever with Jesus in Heaven!

"Lord Jesus, help me today to look for Your glance and listen for Your Word so that I may be the soldier You want me to be.  Praise Your Holy Name now and forever.  Amen."

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