When I consider all the soldiers of the world who have fought in battles, and the many who have died for their country, I am amazed. Amazed how one can sacrifice their life so that others might live. Those who have fought valiantly and return are given medals and honor, and those who die valiantly are regarded as fallen heroes.
Yet I am more amazed at the servants of God who lay down their life for God’s Word. These are the silent heroes who preach and teach God’s Word. These are the ones who speak in the name of the Lord for no other reason, but to seek and save the lost.
The bible describes some of these kind of heroes in great detail, who are our example of greatness today. Let us look at a few of God’s Soldiers.
The Patriarchs & Matriarchs
Men like Abraham, who was called a friend of God, was a great soldier of the Lord. His faith is enough to inspire nations. Men like Moses who lead the children of Israel out of Egypt who put his life in harms way to save his countrymen. Women like Sarah who gave birth when she was 90 years old, giving birth to a nation. Women like Esther who saved her people by marrying the King in a day when Israel was in captivity.
Prophets like Elijah who stood alone against Jezebel, and her 450 false prophets exemplify what heroism is all about. Daniel, who withstood the face of lions, and the Hebrew children who withstood a fiery furnace instead of bowing down to the King’s image. To Prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah who foretold of the coming of the Lord, yet never got to see that day, and to all the prophets who have spoken in the name of the Lord, and laid down their their life for God, this world was truly not worthy of their presence.
The Apostles & Early Day Christians
Men like Stephen who was stoned to death for preaching God’s Word, and James who was cut asunder for the name of Christ, honor is due. Apostles like John who was cast on the Isle of Patmos, to Peter and Andrew who were made into fishers of men, Christ’s apostles gave all to serve the Lord. The apostle Paul was second to none in suffering for Christ. His heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel was that they might be saved, who when they rejected turned his heart to the Gentiles. Rom 10:1f; Acts 28:28 He fought the good fight of faith, and he won beyond measure. 2 Tim 4:8 To Aquila and Priscilla who worshiped the Lord at home, and to women like Phoebe, Euodias, and Syntyche who were fellow labors of the gospel, their name are in the Book of Life. Philip 4:2,3
To the Son of God who was sent to earth to bear the sins of the world, all glory, honor, and power to the lamb that was slain. Jn 3:16ff; 1 Tim 1:17; Rev 4:11 He was born of the virgin Mary, began his ministry at the age of 30, and preached for the space of 3 years. Yet, for all the miracles he performed, and the bread of life he offered, his own countrymen rejected him and delivered him into evil hands to be crucified. Acts 2:23 Jesus was in the tomb for the space of 3 days, and nights before God raised him up from the dead. 1 Cor 15:3,4
Here is the creator of all mankind who came to earth, and paid the ultimate price for his bride, the church of Christ. Rev 4:11f; Rev 21:9; Rom 7:4 Until the Messiah came, no one had forgiveness of sins. Acts 13:38 Jesus came that we might have eternal life if we believe in him enough to obey him. Jn 8:24f; Rom 10:16 He stated that he laid down his life for the ones who obey his gospel. Jn 15:13,14 All those who believe, and are buried with Christ by baptism, and raised to walk in the newness of life shall be saved. Mk 16:16f; Rom 3:3,4
There is not a man before him or after him who has had the impact of this one man. This my brethren was the King of saints, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Some gave much, Jesus gave all.
Conclusion: Christians are the soldiers of Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 2:3,4 Just like the fathers, and the prophets,and the apostles before them, Christians suffer for the cause of Christ. 1 Pet 4:16 These heroes preach and teach the Word of God in and out of season. 2 Tim 4:2-5 They put on the whole armor of God in order to defend and contend for the faith. Eph 6:11-18ff; Philip 1:15-18; Jude 3 They risk becoming your enemy in order to preach to you the truth of God. Gal 4:16 These heroes of the gospel will come and go unheralded, and rarely remembered by mankind. Yet, their death is precious and blessed in the eyes of the Lord, and a crown of life await each of them. Ps 116:15f; Rev 14:13 If your eternal life is in danger, these are the ones who are prepared to save you. Jam 5:19,20 As with those who have preceded them, the world is not worthy of God’s chosen vessels. These are the called, the chosen, and the faithful.