"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." 2Timothy 2:3
IN JESUS TODAY!
Many will like to say, "I am an Ambassador" or "I am an Evangelist" or "I am a Pastor" or a "Music Director" or one of the many positions within the church and all of these are for sure very much needed, but how many will say, "I am a soldier for Jesus Christ"? This position or title by itself requires that the very thing that many Christians spend so much time trying to escape, be embraced as a certain lifestyle! Enduring hardness is not something that anyone wants to do! As a good soldier we will be called to endure many trials, waddling in the mud, inclement weather, dodging the fiery darts of the wicked that are sent sailing our way, falling and getting back up numerous times, absorbing the negative backlash from the so called white-washed, and the loneliness of it all.
Hardship tours are far removed from the common social clubs of the religious elite, and with that, so are God's soldiers! Onward Christian Soldiers is a command that has us moving forward despite the pressing that is against our progress, despite the unwillingness of others to join with us in this battle, and despite the words of Jesus that tells us, "He who wins souls is wise."! Proverbs 11:30
Cruises and Country Clubs offer a very nice atmosphere, free of such hardness, and full of delectable treats, but as a soldier of Jesus Christ many will come face to face with the challenges that are always engaged in a tug-of-war battle for souls that may perish! Lay aside the comforts of the elite and reach out to someone today!