The Regimented Life of an Elite Soldier

Posted: October 13, 2013 in The Christian Standard
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“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2: 3-4

In the world, the elite soldier is known by his dedication to mastering his craft.  He trains relentlessly, pushing his mind and body to places 99% of the world’s soldiers can’t fathom.  Others are assigned the task to break him and show no mercy in making sure he fails or quits.  But he defies everything that stands in his way.  He rises in the dark morning hours and sets about his tasks with purpose, while the world sleeps. He is determined.  He is serious.  He is focused.  He better be.  In his job, he will succeed or he will die.

It takes years of obsessive training every single day to even come to the point where he might be approved to attempt the tests that determine his worthiness of the title “elite”.  He must earn it, he must maintain it and his journey as an elite soldier is a constant theatre of expanding his skills and knowledge; never going backwards, always going forward.  Nothing, absolutely nothing takes priority over his job.  His family, his wife and children are second.  His friends, hobbies, passions, interests are all second in his life.  He is a master of his trade because he lives and breathes it.  It is his life.  He does all of this so he can battle mere flesh and blood when called upon.

How much more so is the Christian expected to prepare and stay vigilant as a soldier in the ongoing spiritual war of the heavens and earth?

The Christian who is convicted of his lukewarm existence would do well to study the regimented life of the elite soldier and spend time contemplating the standard by which we are enlisted into God’s ranks by way of the blood of Jesus Christ, who set the example for us.


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