Daily Devotional: Maxie Walls

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In 2 Timothy 2:3, Paul exhorts Timothy to “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”  Paul was suffering in prison at the time he wrote this.  He expected Timothy to also be willing to suffer for the faith.

Paul did not have violence in mind, but rather the attitude of a well-trained soldier.  These qualities include honesty, courage, self-control, decency, and conviction of purpose. This is by no means a complete list, but those are the qualities that most good soldiers possess.

So we are to be soldiers of the cross.  The old hymn “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” includes these words:

We are climbing Jacob’s ladder (3 times)
Soldiers of the Cross.

Every rung goes higher and higher (3 times)
Soldiers of the Cross.

Rise, shine, give God the glory (3 times)
Soldiers of the Cross.

Keep on climbing, we will make it (3 times)
Soldiers of the Cross.

We are currently in some of the most challenging times.  Immigration, budget, defense, health,  etc.  are all issues we are facing.

Christian, we are climbing the ladder.  We all want to be climbing.  We know that each rung goes higher and higher.  Realistically, we find that we may have to stay at a rung for a while till instructed from on high.  We also may find ourselves backing down a rung or two for various reasons.

Look at the song.  Rise, shine, give God the glory and KEEP ON CLIMBING.

Certainly, as we age our enlistment changes.  I don’t lead the youth as I did in my 20’s.  I don’t play the  church sports I once played.  I don’t sing as well as I once did.  But wait, I’m still enlisted. I can glorify God with what I have left.  I can teach, sing, contact the sick, encourage the weary etc.  You get the point.  God doesn’t terminate our enlistment because of what we can’t do.  He finds new areas and ways for us to serve and glorify Him.

Onward Christian soldiers!


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