Are you a worthy soldier for Christ or are you still a baby Christian who is always cries when things don’t go his way? God is looking out for soldiers He can use to plunder the kingdom of darkness (Jeremiah 51:20), soldiers who won’t get so wrapped up and entangled in the pleasures of this world that they forget that life is a battlefield and there’s a battle to be fought for the plan and counsel of God to be fully established in our lives, families, churches and nation (2 Timothy 2:4).
Before you get enlisted in the army, you will be tested to see if you are physically fit. Since the life of every soldier is one of toil, hardship, and danger. Unless and until you fully rest in God, you will never risk for God. Remember to rely on God has to start all over every day, as if nothing has yet been done. So you can’t be idle or asleep when ordered to be on duty; the result would be defeat, captivity, or death.
It takes more than just being healthy and physically strong to be a soldier for Christ. It’s not just enough to wear a soldier’s uniform to become a soldier, you must have passed through the training, from the simple (baby Christian) to the more complex (mature Christian). It’s not just enough to dress like a Christian, speak like a Christian, and attend all the Christian gatherings and programs to be a soldier of Christ, you must have endured hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
1. Spiritual Maturity (1 Corinthians 14:20, 1 Corinthians 13:11, Hebrews 5:14, Philippians 3:12-14). Soldiers can’t be babies who need to be pampered before they can be enlisted in the army of God. Christian babies focus on their own needs since they have not developed their character and perseverance so they can’t stand on their own, so they wait for someone to hold them and help them, while spiritually mature Christians focus on the needs of Jesus, their Commanding Officer. As they have been tried by adversity, tested by the fire of trials and afflictions of life (James 1:2-4).
2. Always Available for service (Isaiah 6:8). A true soldier doesn’t require someone to call, remind, write, visit, entice or lure him to do kingdom business. When Jesus called His disciples, they immediately left their nets and followed Him (Mark 1:17-18). They didn’t give excuses (Luke 14:16-24), they didn’t put other things and people before the needs of the One that called them. True soldiers of Christ can leave their ‘net’; their business, career, family, personal needs and ambitions and follow Jesus. When their Commanding Officer needs them, they are there; they are available for His use.
3. Determination (2 Chronicles 15:7, 2 Timothy 4:7, Luke 9:62). True soldiers have made up their minds to see Jesus in glory and reign with Him, they are determined to remain a part of the Lord’s army for eternity, and so they won’t allow anything and anyone deter them from this goal. Nehemiah was determined to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he didn’t allow any opposition and resistance from Sanballat, Tobiah or anyone amongst his brethren hinder him from achieving his goal (Nehemiah 4:1-23, Nehemiah 6:1-14).
Regardless of the difficulties and challenges in their service, they won’t neglect or abandon their place in the army. People can’t hurt them to the point that they make a U-turn and go back to the world. Situations of life can’t discourage them to the point that they turn away from their Lord. It’s hard to stop them. They are winners not quitters. Afterall all the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
4. Team spirit: No soldier no matter how well trained and equipped he is can win a war on his own. It takes a team of generals, captains, sergeants, or even corporals to conquer and win! While there are but few officers, it requires many soldiers to form the rank and file of the army, yet its success depends upon the fidelity of every soldier….Soldiers of Christ understand that true Christianity is not a one man show and that two are better than one. It is better to march to war with other soldiers, if you fall or get wounded, another soldier can help you get up.
But if you are all alone on the battlefield, warfare is tough and you can easily be overpowered (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Soldiers of the cross of Jesus Christ understand that there’s a limit to what they can do on their own; they understand that on their own they can just chase a thousand, but with another soldier by their side, they can put to flight ten thousand enemies of God (Leviticus 26:8, Deuteronomy 32:30). And so as much as it lies with them, they try and live at peace with their fellow soldiers (Romans 12:18) so that together with their comrades, they can do mighty exploits for God.
5. Commitment and Faithfulness (2 Timothy 4:7, 1 Kings 8:61): True soldiers can be counted on any day, any time. Their hearts are fully committed to the Lord, not one leg in, another leg out(Revelation 3:15-16).They do not need to be given money, handouts or recognition before you can get them to serve the Lord. In times of stress, bad weather or sickness, they still maintain their commitment to service.
Even if no one in the church remembers their birthday or sends them a Christmas gift, even if no one applauds their efforts or promotes them for their years of service, you will still find them serving dutifully in the Lord’s army. Their commitment to God is not seasonal or temporary, it is a life-long commitment. For life, they will serve and salute their Commander and Captain Jesus Christ; they will fight the good fight of faith to the very end.