Wouldn’t it be great if the earth was filled with peace everyday? No wars, no battles, no pain, no trouble? God promises to give His people this kind of life. However, until that promise is fulfilled we have to live on an earth filled with war, conflict and pain. Every day we hear news of some kind of evil that has taken place in our country or in a foreign land. Very often we are powerless to do anything about the evil that has occurred. We may lack the strength, resources or knowledge to help those who have been hurt or wounded by conflict and other evils. Sometimes we lack the strength, resources or knowledge to help ourselves. However, there is good news for those who believe in Jesus Christ:
YOU ARE IN GOD’S ARMY!
Let us look at the army of any nation. Any nation that has an army is responsible for training the members of the army. That nation is also responsible for equipping each member of the army with the tools, resources and weapons he/she needs to operate effectively. That nation is also responsible for appointing experienced men and women to lead that army to victory.
God has an army on earth. That army is the Church (all believers in Jesus Christ). God is constantly training us and equipping us to be effective members of that army. God has given us the Holy Spirit to train us:
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:26 NLT)
God has given us resources to equip us:
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT)
God has given us His Son to lead us to victory:
God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. (Ephesians 1:22 NLT)
Jesus is the General of the Army. He has been appointed by God our Father. Jesus was victorious over Satan in the wilderness. Jesus was victorious over death. He wants to lead us to victory also.
Let us stay in God’s army and follow our leader to victory!