Hey Christian, you do realize you’re a soldier in the Lord’s army, do you not? Yeah, that’s right! You are a soldier, fighting among the ranks of the greatest army ever known to creation. Soldiers have a purpose. Soldiers have a task. Soldiers pull weight among their brothers and sisters.
I’m sure we’ve never heard of a soldier training his sights on an enemy combatant, watching that enemy raise his own weapon in the direction of our hero, and the hero stops to think, “Huh, maybe I should pull the trigger before he shoots me…or maybe I’ll just wait to see what happens.”
Idiot, point and pull the trigger! You don’t sit around and wait for the enemy to steal from you; to take your life and possessions freely; to bully and intimidate you without retaliation. That type of soldier is not a hero. He’s a victim. He’s a liability adding dead weight to the unit as a whole.
When put in these terms, doesn’t it seem obvious that this type of person is not fit to serve? And yet, we as Christians behave the same way every day. Here’s what we have a tendency to do.
“Lord, please fix my problem. Amen. Somebody pass me a beer!”
Okay, maybe that example was a bit extreme, but it was meant to convey our attitude toward the Lord. Some of us will toss a single, simple prayer up to God and expect him to pull a miraculous blessing for us. That’s not even the worse part. That single prayer, is the only prayer we throw at the problem; no bible reading; no meditation on the word; no diligent and fervent prayer; no increased church attendance; no fasting; just that single simple prayer. We sit on our blessed assurances, waiting on the Lord to come knock on our door to deliver the miracle.
~ KNOCK KNOCK ~
“Hey, how’s it going? I have a delivery here, from God. Can you just sign at the bottom? Who’s winning the game by the way?”
“The Lions. Thanks chief. Give my regards to the Lord for me, will ya?”
Do you know what the word “fervent” means? The dictionary defines it as, “having or displaying a passionate intensity.” James 5:16 (NKJV) says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another that you might be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Now, in the context we’re discussing, healing and trespasses aren’t on the table. But, what I really wanted to point out is the latter portion of this scripture: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Family, we cannot expect God to act on our behalf if we’re not doing what we’re supposed to do. Studying scripture and fervent prayer are the basics for developing a relationship with the Lord. If you are not partaking in those two very basic activities, you’re nothing more than a dead-weight soldier carrying a gun around the battlefield for show. Point and pull the trigger! The enemy is firing at you, and you’re literally standing around waiting to be killed. Soft prayer and random bible reading does nothing for the kingdom. You’re going to have to get deep down in the mire of prayer life; in the thick jungles of the bible’s environment.
It’s a new year. It’s a new month. It’s a new day. Make today the day you step up your action plan for your walk through the Christian faith. You are a soldier! Strap on your boots, get off the sideline, pick up your weapon (the word), and start firing consistently at the enemy! When you get behind God, I guarantee He’s going to get behind your needs.