I feel that God is shedding some light on my path. I’m beginning to have a new passion for a ministry that will be called… A Minister of God.
Some Christians that I’ve met or discussed with on the internet frown upon military service. That which IS NOT a place for a follower of Christ to be. Or is it?
Can God place a faithful worshiper on a path that leads them into military service? Are their examples in the Bible of faithful servants of God who were also soldiers? In Acts 10 we have the story of Cornelius. Here we have a soldier who is rewarded by God for his faithfulness and belief in God… was he obedient to God and placed on a path to be this soldier in the Italian Regiment or was disobedient, yet sought God and was faithful so God still blessed him?
This is where my confusion was because how does anyone know “their” path? A clue (in my experience) is to be blessed while on that path. My career in the military was very blessed and now that I can look back over it, I see God’s hand in many of the situations I found myself in and God delivered me out of or brought me where I was able to bring the Word of God to others.
Is this due to the simple fact I was faithful as Cornelius was faithful? Or does it mean I was strongly walking the path that God laid out for me during that part of my life?
Here’s a situation… I was in the right place at the right time, even on a battlefield to bring the Gospel to soldiers. How else could “we” as Christians be able to do that unless we were soldier’s to be on that battlefield, to be used at those moments by God, to bring a “Word” to another soldier? It’s not a path for every Christian and I understand that, but for those that are on this path! Are you such a Soldier?
I’ve been told that you can’t serve two masters, so I ask, why is being in the military and being faithful to God serving two masters, “if” God places a person on a path to be a warrior? Even if all that purpose was, is to bring a Word from God to a single soldier when the bullets were flying, when that soldier needed to know that God loves them.
Couldn’t do that for God if “as a Christian” I refused to follow that path and now I wonder just how many Christians out there are missing their calling due to this misunderstanding in what it is to be obedient to the will of God!? OR, how many people are lost due to the fact God has no person faithful to Him on any present or future battlefields that He can utilize as an instrument to either bring a Word from God to a soldier or just be a righteous example among soldiers as a faithful servant of God.
A Christian who serves in the Military or any Law Enforcement for that matter, does not serve two masters!
God authorized governments to protect their citizens + a government following God’s will = Soldiers and police that are doing God’s will!
So I wonder, how is this serving two masters?
13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. (NKJV)
He is God’s Minister, so not only a Christian placed on a warrior’s path but now called… A Minister of God!
I once was confused by my military service once I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. How could a Christian continue to serve in the military and serve God at the same time? After many prayers (and time to understand it all) I read about Cornelius and the other centurions in the Bible, I read about David, Joshua, Samson, and all the other warriors that served God.
I know that God places His servants in all walks of life so that we’re there to minister and to be an example. Soldiers need to know this just as I begged God for understanding and now that I have an understanding… I need to share it.