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Not A Crutch But A Sword!
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”
People have said we are weak. People have said we use our religion as a “crutch.” People have said we need to prop ourselves up on false hopes in order to withstand the distresses of this life. What people have said is wrong!
Does the text above sound like work for the weak? There are strong, proud people of this world who know nothing about God that cannot withstand the rigors of life. Many can take only so much and then they look for ways to get free of anxiety and stress.
Sadly, some feel they can find relief in the pleasures of this world. Even more sadly, others think their solace rests in ending their lives on earth. These are acts of cowardice, short-sightedness, and the very weakness which they accuse the Godly minded of!
To be a Christian is to serve in the army of the Lord. It takes much courage, bravery, and endurance to be a follower of Christ. We are called upon to place our own desires under that of the Lord God Almighty. We seek to handle our lives in a Godly way, and help others in the name of service to our beloved Savior.
Our creed is simple, yet strong and meaningful. It is found in the words of (Luke 10:27), where it says:
“…YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
In this verse is summed up the total of God’s law for man. Each and every day, we are to “march into battle” with the world. Led by its evil leader, Satan himself, we are outnumbered by the hoards of people who reject our Christian service. Yet we dig in and ready ourselves for battle against this immense foe we call the unbelievers. We do so with the hope of a heavenly home for ourselves, as well as, those who may oppose our appointed efforts.
In all of this, where can any weakness be found? We dawn the armor of the Lord…we do not grasp desperately for a crutch! Instead we take hold of the sword of God, His eternal and unchanging words of righteousness!
These qualities are very much like the men and women of the armed forces whom we admire and thank for their service each day. Why? Because they keep us from harm and death at the hands of our enemies. This is exactly what Christians do in the spiritual realms. We battle to save others from the trickery of Satan who is looking to devour us at every turn, (1 Peter 5:8.)
Yet, people do not see our service in the same way. May the Lord open their hearts and minds and allow them to understand the danger to their mortal souls!
Give us the strength of Christian service each day, O Lord. Do not let us be lacking in our desire to please You and continue to seek after our duties to You and to the people we come in contact with. May the people whom we seem to annoy understand that we seek only good for them and desire to help them as Your representatives. Be with us always as we seek to win the battles over Satan where we can, according to You plans and will. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen