How then do we live?
We must live so nothing keeps us from pleasing our commanding officer—Jesus Christ. We’ve been drafted and no longer live as if I am the only one who matters. Nothing is to distract us from our calling to live out and proclaim the gospel. And we cannot allow ourselves to go soft thinking that this world is more like an amusement park than a battlefield. The life of a soldier is hard and while there is honor and glory, all of that comes after the war is won—not here, not now, not yet.
What must change in our view on life?
Since we’ve been swept up into a bigger and greater story-line than “ME”, everything we own and do is to advance the kingdom of God. And we make decisions in light of the fact that we are at war. We don’t have the luxury of peacetime ease. We must endure and yes, even die. Then we will reign with our bold and glorious King.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
a follower of the Lamb,
and shall I fear to own his cause,
or blush to speak his name?
Must I be carried to the skies
on flowery beds of ease,
while others fought to win the prize,
and sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
to help me on to God?
Sure I must fight, if I would reign;
increase my courage, Lord.
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
supported by thy word.
Thy saints in all this glorious war
shall conquer though they die;
they see the triumph from afar,
by faith they bring it nigh.
When that illustrious day shall rise,
and all thy armies shine
in robes of victory through the skies,
the glory shall be thine.
“Am I a Soldier of the Cross” by Isaac Watts