Soldiers

Galatians 5:25 NIV- “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I thought it was the perfect New Testament plan… 5 chapters a week, 2 days off. I thought that most of my friends would jump on it!

I was wrong.

The average chapter in the New Testament is only 26 verses! Ok…not everyone likes to read. But guess what? We can take 4 minutes out of our day and LISTEN to a narration of Scripture on biblegateway.com while we file our nails or clean out our ear wax, or put on skin lotion, or trim our nose hairs…or get dressed in the morning… or even while we’re driving to work…

You would figure that with such an easy New Testament reading plan, that the average Christian would be jumping on it like flies on fruit cake… Wrong.

Cookie-selling Girl Scouts make the Church “Militant” look like a bunch of Punktified Sissies.

I’ve heard it all from “Pastor, I just forget” to “Pastor, its easy for you because reading the Bible comes NATURAL to you.”

Wrong… What comes “natural” to me is adultery, lust, drunkenness, gluttony, anger, impatience, selfishness, vain competition, gossip, rancor, envy, jealousy, and pride.

But the difference is, that most of the time, I take up my cross every day, and crucify my flesh… The reason for that, is because I want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’m not even sure that I truly love God the way he desires…(no, I am sure I don’t) but I sure want to. So therefore, I try to live as if I truly loved God, so that perhaps I can truly love him in the end.

When I was in the military, I learned the importance of learning how to march in cadence. The reasons for that are manifold, but I’ll just mention 3:

1. Marching at the same cadence creates a sense of unity in purpose. IMG_2583
2. Marching at the same cadence requires to be conscious of those around you.
3. Marching at the same cadence assures that the group will reach its destiny without tripping over others, and perhaps, putting the rest of the marchers at risk.

But in order to march at the same cadence, one must listen to the platoon or squad leader who is setting the pace by loudly counting and/or singing at a particular rhythm.

When Christians do not have a disciplined Pastor who sets the pace, the local church…dies.
When Christians do not “keep in step” with the rest of the Church, they cause others to stumble- and the Great Commission to fail. (Matthew 28:18-20)

St. Paul taught us that each Christian is a soldier; as soldiers we must have discipline.

No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4

The mission of the Church can only be accomplished if we’re “keeping in step” with the cadence that the Holy Spirit is calling out through dedicated and disciplined, local Pastors.

We are Christians “marching as to war.” If you’re not willing to “keep in step,” get out of the way…before you get trampled.

Or, you can man-up, get in step, and serve your God and The Christian Nation.