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Soldiers of the King
Krissy, 18

Verse:
 

"No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier, And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules" 2 Tim. 2:4-5

 
Lesson:
 

Perhaps this is the problem with American Christians today: we don't look at ourselves as soldiers of the King. We know we are children of the King. We understand that we are adopted by the King. We are sure that we are saved by the King. We just don't realize that we are soldiers of the King.

What's the difference? Lots. A child of the King knows the King on an intimate basis - at least in a child-like way. We can call Him "Daddy" - Abba Father. We share in the rewards, the promises, and the inheritance of the Lord, Jesus. We can know that once we were lost, but now we are found. Like a street urchin - an "orphan Annie," found by our very own "Daddy Warbucks," we have been adopted into a very wealthy family. We don't deserve it. We didn't earn it. It was given to us.

What we don't see is that we are in a battle - not necessarily personal, though sometimes it is - but spiritual. And, because we don't see our enemy, we don't believe that one exists. If we held M-16's in our hand and shot holes in a visible enemy, it would be easier to understand. But the enemy of our Father is not visible to us. No, he is too smart for that. We don't even see (at least often) supernatural "events" that tip us off to the presence of evil warriors. And what we don't see can't hurt us. Right? Wrong.

If we saw a general in battle uniform stand before us on Sundays, and our worship leader was dressed in fatigues, we might begin to grasp the idea. If our Sunday school teachers were to drill us in the use of pistols and rifles and bazookas and tanks, perhaps we would take this affront to our existence as something real. But we don't see that. We sit in our padded pews or chairs, we worship in freedom, we come and go to church when and where we want. We can even hold Bible studies in our homes and have no problems. It is difficult for us to see the danger around us.

But it is there. And it is real - more real than the M-16's or tanks or Patriot missiles or biological weaponry. It is more real than bombs dropping from multi-million dollar jets onto airfields and enemy positions. It is more real than even jumbo jets flying into skyscrapers. The battle we face is so real that the cost of being captured is eternal death - far more significant than dying in the flesh.

We are soldiers - and we need to act like it. We need to cease being "on leave" taking our "R & R" and report to duty! Only then will we begin to see the victories we really want - the victories that really count - the victories that save men's and women's souls. Hallelujah, Amen and Amen

 
Prayer:
 
"Jesus, we know we will always fall short of your glory and of your perfect nature. Thank you for dying for our sins that we may know you for all eternity. May we all come to you humbly, knowing only you can save us." - Amen

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