Veterans Day Reflection 2018

The Apostle Paul sometimes compares the Christian life to that of an athlete or soldier. The point he is making is that the Christian life is not a passive life, the Christian faith is not a passive faith. The Christian life requires effort, training, and discipline.

We wouldn’t expect an athlete or soldier to be successful if he only trained one day a week, or one hour one day a week. It takes commitment, sacrifice, and obedience to be successful. These are also requirements for the successful Christian life. We must be committed: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut 6:5). We must sacrifice: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Lk 9:23). We must be obedient: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn 14:15).

On Veterans Day we honor our nation’s veterans. One day Christ’s veterans will be honored. May we be able to say with Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” Let us truly say, “Come, Lord Jesus.”