HAVE YOU ENLISTED 11-11-18

Are You Enlisted?

November 11, 2018

According to the official U.S. Army website (https://www.goarmy.com/)  enlisted Soldiers are the most important part of the Army structure. They carry out orders and complete missions.  Enlistment is the process of taking an oath of U.S. Army service and becoming a soldier. During this process, you will talk to a recruiter, attend Basic Combat Training and choose your Army job.

Recruits will generally take these five steps to become enlisted Soldiers:

1.  Take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery.  Your score on this test will determine which Army jobs you are qualified to hold

2.  Pass an Army physical

3.  Meet with a career counselor to discuss and accept your Army job

4.  Take an Oath of Enlistment

5.  Ship to Basic Combat Training

How does this compare to being an enlisted soldier for Christ, as you just heard the Apostle Paul tell Timothy in our last Scripture reading (2 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV)?

Number One:  Take God’s Vocational Aptitude Battery.  The Bible says in Romans 12:6 that “we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us”.   So we also need to determine our individual gifts in order to know where in the Body of Christ we can best serve the Kingdom of God.   Not everyone is called to be a pastor.  Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher or youth leader.  Not everyone is able to be a foreign missionary.  Not everyone is a great speaker, writer, artist, musician, or singer.  But some of you have one or more of the gifts I mentioned.  And some of you have ones I didn’t mention.  And all of you can encourage one another and all of you can pray.  Don’t ever think those are less important than the other ways of serving that I mentioned.  Every Christian is qualified to serve in some way in God’s army – unless, of course, they refuse to enlist.

Number Two:  Pass God’s physical.  A soldier in God’s army needs to have spiritual strength and endurance.  One that all too easier succumbs to temptation, to doubt, and to fear will not be a good soldier.  One that lacks direction, conviction, and fortitude will easily surrender to the enemy.  One that is heavily weighed down with sin will not be able to build the kingdom of God.   As Ephesians 6:10 says, we must “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power”.

Number Three:  Meet with a spiritual leader to discuss and accept your army job.  This goes along with number one.  You first need to discern what your spiritual gift is.  Once the Holy Spirit has confirmed in your own heart how God is calling you to serve, talk to your pastor or other spiritual leader about the position you feel led to fill.  If they also feel you are qualified for the job you are seeking, praise God!  They might suggest further training for that position.  Or they might even suggest an alternate position, and ask you to prayerfully consider it.  But by all means, persist in your desire to serve and God will bless you with the perfect position in His army.

Number Four:  Take an Oath of Enlistment.  This one is extremely important!  Your ‘oath’ to serve in God’s army means that you must promise to put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, and also promise to make Him the Lord of your life.  Making that promise to God, our supreme commander, gives you citizenship in heaven (see Philippians 3:20).   While U.S. soldiers defend the country of which they are a citizen, so also those in Christ’s army must first be citizens of the kingdom of God. 

Number Five:  Basic Combat Training.  Ask any veteran and they will tell you that basic combat training isn’t easy.  Preparing a soldier for battle has to be tough because war is far tougher.  When you come face to face with the enemy, you will be glad that you went through combat training, that you learned the enemy’s tactics and how to defeat them, that you developed endurance and strength.  For without that mental knowledge and physical ability, you would quickly be defeated on the battlefield.  And it is the same in God’s army.  The enemies of Christ and His people - which are Satan, his demons, and the people whom he has recruited - will all too gladly rob you of your faith, your hope, and your joy.  They will try to kill the love you have for God and your fellow comrades.  So unless you are armed and ready for their attack, you will be quickly defeated.

Therefore, as it says in Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 

Can you follow those five steps?  If so, you are qualified to serve in God’s army.  Have you enlisted? 

Videos:

Proud to be an American  (American Soldier Tribute)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZZf619DIpo 

More Than Conquerors (Rend Collective)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p8_4NbrcKA 

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