Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | August 8, 2008

Soldiers

‘Chosen to be a soldier.’–2 Tim. 2:4

ARE you a soldier?  You ought to be, for you have been chosen to be a soldier in the glorious army of Jesus Christ.
You ought to be, for you have been ‘received into the congregation of Christ’s flock’ at your baptism, and engaged ‘manfully to fight under His banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue Christ’s faithful soldier and servant unto your life’s end.’  You can never undo that, even if you are a deserter, and found in the enemy’s ranks.  The Captain of our salvation will not undo it, for He is ready to receive you, if you will but come and enlist now.  Now, this very morning, come and enlist!  This very morning ask Him to receive you into His noble army, and to give you first the shield of His salvation, and then the whole armour of God, and to ‘teach your hands to war and your fingers to fight,’ and to give you victories every day even now, and to let you share His grand triumps hereafter.
Perhaps you know that you have enlisted already, you know and love your Captain, and He is enabling you, even if very feebly, yet really, to fight the good fight of faith?  How came you to enlist?  Was it any credit to you?  Oh no!  It was all His doing.  It was He who chose you to be a soldier, not you who chose Him to be a Captain.  And then He sent not some dreadful cannon roar, but the sweet bugle-call of His love, to win you to join His ranks.  And now He fights not only with you, but for you.  In His war ‘nothing shall by any means hurt you,’ for ‘He was wounded’ for you.  Your life is safe with Him, for He laid down His own for you.  By His side you can never be vanquished, because He goes forth ‘always conquering and to conquer.’

‘Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.

‘From victory to victory
His army shall be led,
Till every foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed.

‘Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day!’

Frances Ridley Havergal from MORNING BELLS

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