Previous posts demonstrate that our performance matters to God in our roles as citizens of His kingdom, the bride of Christ, and His children. Today we discover that God requires our performance as soldiers of Jesus Christ.
Believers are enlisted as soldiers. Paul refers to Timothy, Epaphroditus, and Archippus as soldiers of Christ. This suggests that Christ assigns all of us that role. Paul confirms this conclusion by teaching that we are given armor and a sword. In addition, Scripture calls us to fight the good fight of faith.
A soldier in United States Army is sworn in with this oath:
I, _____, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Imagine a commander informing his troops, “Your decision to obey or not obey my commands will in no way affect my attitude or actions towards you.” The Army would quickly disintegrated completely. Training would be out of the question. “Did you say a 10 mile hike in the hot sun with a backpack? Count me out.”
If earthly commanders require obedience, how much more our Heavenly Commander?
The pre-incarnate Christ appearing to Joshua said:
“(A)s Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”
This would be an appropriate response for us also.