Why me and being a Soldier?
Like all of us you find yourself many times asking the question, ‘Why me’. Why are they picking on me? Especially when you go through a time of suffering, whether physical or verbal. If you are a ‘born again’ believer the Holy Spirit offers a teaching on the topic of suffering that can only be understood by believers. If you are not a ‘born again’ believer the spiritual logic provided by God the Holy Spirit will appear as foolishness to you.
- 1 Corinthians 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
Or there is one other option and it is that you can be a new Christian and not yet be able to handle this level of spiritual insight or a Christian of many years but yet still a baby in your spiritual understanding.
- I Corinthians 3:1-3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
So, back to our topic of ‘Why me?’ and suffering for Jesus. We are brought up in a country of material wealth and increasing moral decay. Both are driven into us daily via our media, government schools and most of our political system all run by our enemy, satan. To stand up for Jesus labels us as intolerant bigots who are unaccepting of others and even dangerous. I wonder who would want to portray us that way. A little sarcasm there but much truth in it.
- 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
To be soldiers for Jesus we must grab a hold of what His ministry is for in this life. If Jesus did not have a mission for us on this earth He would have taken us home immediately after He drew us to Himself via the ‘born again’ event in our lives.
To live for Jesus it is vital we think about the topic of suffering for Jesus and what it means for our lives.
- It is our destiny as ‘born again’ believers to go through some level of suffering as we minister for Jesus. Just like the church as Thessalonica it our destiny.
- I Thes 3:3 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.
- It is totally contrary to our upbringing and nature to accept that suffering is actually our nature but if God says it then it cannot possibly be wrong.
- Step one is to accept what God says.
Second. Step two is to accept God’s mission for us which will require;
- Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
In James 1:2,3 our God speaking to persecuted Christians and us says that we can go through trials in our lives that He sends our way. He sends trials our way so that we will grow in our faith. Trials when properly viewed will bring spiritual growth into our lives which is the ‘why me’ question is important. It is only dangerous when we do so selfishly and not asking ourselves what God is doing in our lives? If it is all about me than the lesson God intends is lost. And think about it another way. If your child does not learn a lesson you intend for them you typically have to do what? That’s correct, you have to teach it to them until they learn. So its best to learn quickly the lessons God sends our way.
- James 1:2,3 My brethren, count it all joy WHEN you fall into various trials knowing this that the trying of your faith works patience.
So are you and Soldier for Jesus and are you learning from your trials?