This past weekend was Veteran’s Day. A time to recognize and celebrate what so many have offered in service and sacrifice to all of us in this great nation. We honor the soldiers of our country because of the risks each one signs up for to honor and protect the freedoms that so many in our country take for granted each day. I hope each veteran was honored by all this past weekend.
As Christians we are also called to be soldiers of the cross. Our mission is of another battlefield where we also fight for freedom, but one of an eternal order. To be a veteran one must be dedicated to the cause for which he or she is willing to fight and ultimately be willing to lay down their life for, and each soldier of the cross of Christ must be dedicated in the same way to the cause of our King, the Lord Jesus. I think of one particular veteran of the cause and cross of Christ, the Apostle Paul. He stated at the end of his life that he fought the good fight and finished the race. He recognized the cause for love is in its own way a fight. Not in means of typical warfare, but one of submission to the King through acts of kindness, patience, compassion, forgiveness and love which do not always come so naturally to us. The fight is not without for the Christian so much as it is a war raging from within. May we fight the good fight of love each day until He calls us home in Heaven or until He returns in glory.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
7 I have fought the good fight, I
have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now
the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me
but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.