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The Men of Iron Minute

by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

A Solider’s Way


A few years ago, I had a remarkable conversation with an Airborne Ranger who served seven tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had that undeniable “military” look, so I made some small talk to hear his story. He talked about serving in the Army while balancing family through the rigor of tours and training. I felt the pain in his voice as I thoroughly enjoyed the impromptu conversation. One of the many things we rambled about was the need to follow orders when called upon and the challenge of obeying an order you don’t understand or support. After seven tours, his devotion to duty was impeccable. With great honor, he was not jaded about being called away. He loved his family, and he also loved his country. It’s a similar tension that Paul addresses to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3-4, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” (NASB:95)

A soldier expects hardship, risk, and suffering while serving under a commanding officer. They concentrate and fight distraction to fulfill the mission. Soldiers are not robots, nor are they civilians. Men of God expect hardship and even ridicule while following orders. The Christian life is the all-in kind of life Jesus modeled. The Christian life is a life of service, not a life of ease.

Consider this: Our service is to the King of kings, and His mission is our mission. After all, we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14)

 

Hey, good soldier for Christ,

Stay on mission.

 

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The conversation continues on the Men of Iron Podcast –

“The Soldier” Feat. Garret Barbush (EP. 108)