Thank You, Veterans

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.
Abraham Lincoln

Today our country remembers and honors those who have protected our nation by serving in one of the five branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. By serving in such a sacrificial manner, these individuals willingly put themselves in the line of danger – even peril – to ensure our personal liberty and our nation’s sovereignty.

When a person signs up to serve in the military, they put themselves under the authority of their commanding officers. And in doing so, they give up many personal freedoms. The soldier can’t just come and go as they please. Why? Because when a person enlists for military service, they must fully submit to their superiors. Simply put, the soldier is expected to put his/her full focus and attention on the task at hand.

I find it interesting that the Apostle Paul employed the example of a soldier to describe how a follower of Jesus must be careful of not being too caught up in the things of the world in order to best serve Him:

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4 ESV)

What does this verse mean? Simply put, in the same way soldiers are expected to firmly focus their eyes on a commanding officer, the Christian is called to resolutely look to Jesus in search of direction about all that is thought, said or done. If a soldier is double-minded or compromised, it will be very difficult for orders to be successfully carried out. In the same way, the Christian must maintain unswerving singleness of mind when it comes to serving Jesus.

On this Veterans Day 2020, we thank our veterans for their service and their sacrifice. The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. And scripturally, our veterans remind us of what it looks like to purposefully follow Jesus.

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