Christian, Are You the Best Fighter?
Rev. Alexander S. Campbell, D.Min.
On this, the seventy-first anniversary of the liberation of Europe in World War II, I want to encourage you and challenge you to consider how well you are serving the Kingdom of God in the spiritual conflict that surrounds you. Let me illustrate. The daily ration of food in the American GI “K Ration” of World War II contained something special in addition to chewing gum, a chocolate bar, and cigarettes (luxuries unheard of in German food rations). American service men also received the following note of encouragement and challenge every time they opened their kit: “You are the best paid and best equipped soldier in the world. We have given you the best weapons in the world. Whether you are also the best fighter, is now for you to prove.”
The Bible contains many similar encouragements and challenges for the Christian soldier. First Peter 2:9-12, for example, states, “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” In other words, you Christians have been given every possible blessing from heaven in order that you can be the best fighter for God’s glory in the world. Peter goes on to challenge believers to “abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul” and to “keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles” that God, our great King for whom we fight, might be glorified.
In the ongoing cosmic conflict for human souls, God has made you “the best equipped soldier in the world” by providing you with “the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-18) As with American troops in World War II – whether you are also the best fighter, is now up to you to prove.
The Apostle Paul, just prior to his execution, confidently exclaimed to his faithful lieutenant, Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8) Are you one who looks forward to and loves the return of our great hero and Captain, Jesus Christ? If so, are you the best fighter that you can be?
Today, millions of people live free who would otherwise live under bondage and tyranny because American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen and merchant mariners proved that they were, indeed, the best fighters in the world. However, at the present, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) It is up to you, Christian, to take the good news of Jesus Christ to those who suffer under the reign of the Devil and to live a life that gives God glory. Will you be able to confidently face the end of your days knowing that you have, by the grace of God, “fought the good fight” as did the Apostle Paul? American Christian, “You are the best paid and best equipped soldier in the world. We have given you the best weapons in the world. Whether you are also the best fighter, is now for you to prove.”
Dr. Campbell is a licensed minister of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Senior Pastor of Christ Reformed Church at 1621 N. Main Street in Anderson (across from Krispy Kreme).
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June 6th, AD 2015