Today is Veteran’s Day – which came about as the armistice was signed ending World War I on the 11th of the 11th month at the 11th hour. I never served our nation in the military, but my dad did. He was a Navy Corpsman in World War II. Sue’s dad served 12 years in the National Guard. We are indebted to the men and women who have sacrificially served in protecting our freedoms.
But there are other “veterans” we should recognize as well – soldiers of the cross. The Apostle Paul says if you’re a Christian, you’ve been drafted into God’s army. Life for the believer isn’t a playground – it’s a battleground. We’re engaged in a holy war. As Christ’s soldiers we must remain strong. Our battle is not earthly or physical but against cosmic personalities, against the demonic. When we got up this morning we put on our clothes – they are part of our day. God’s armor must be like a suit of clothes we wear, Rom 13:14, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” People talk of wearing their Sunday best. But the Bible talks about wearing Jesus every day of the week! In order to win this war Jesus must have a dominating presence in everyday life.
There is no armistice or cease-fire in place today for the Christian. No truce has been declared. The enemy is active. We need to be strong and ready. But how thankful that our ultimate fight has already been won by Christ. God’s victory over evil is certain.