You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. …Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 2:1-3
Paul uses the term soldier often in his writings. He likens us to being in the army, having a commander, and a mission. The image of the soldier of Christ is not about bravado or the Crusades. It is about withstanding the pressures and temptations of this life to stand united with Christ, as his “good soldier”.
Like all wars, there are casualties in this war; destroyed families, ruined marriages, teenagers forfeiting their futures, destroyed health by addictions, ruined lives, and people going to hell and not heaven. There is so much as stake we need to heed the words of scripture and “fight this good fight of faith.” God looks us straight in the eye, like a good general, and commands us to be strong and ready to fight.
Sometimes we Christians act oblivious to the things going on around us. The truth is there is a war going on and often times we act as though there is not. The New Testament commands us again and again to “be alert” because there is a war and an enemy around.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. - 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)
Take your place in the army and stand for Him who died for you. He will be there, supporting you in all that you do.