As we celebrate Veterans Day this weekend, I can’t help but think of my father. He served in the Korean War as part of the 1st Cavalry Division. I am fascinated by the fact that he drove a tank! My dad was an average size man, very quiet, gentle in his approach. However, when he was displeased, you knew it! Even still, it is hard for me to imagine him pushing against the tide of North Koreans in a tank or wielding the type of guns they used, but he did.
As I grew up, he never talked about the war unless he was with someone else who had been there, and even then, the conversation was short-lived. That, I know, is pretty typical of most vets.
Today, I hope you will take a moment to honor a vet and thank them for their service. I also hope, as a Christian, you will go one step further and remember some spiritual veterans who paved the way for us to have a relationship with the Everlasting God.
Long ago, there was a little band of brothers called the 12 apostles who forged out in faith against the darkness in this world. Even though their commanding officer had returned to central command, they fought on. They followed their CO’s last directive with passion and persistence until pockets of believers could be found everywhere.
The directive went like this:
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Had they not bravely preached the gospel no matter what befell them, we would have no hope today. By carrying out their orders, under fire in most cases, they brought light to a dying world.
And what caused them to be so brave. Well, Paul probably said it best:
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31
Today, let’s remember the brave men and women who fought for the United States, so that we can freely worship the One True King. But let’s also remember those that brought us the gospel and fought the good fight of faith!
Happy Veterans Day!!
Blessings to you and yours,
Scriptures taken from:
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.