ENlist in the service

            Imagine that the United States entered into another World War. There are three different categories that citizens would fall under if an event like this were to occur. The first demographic of citizens are those that choose to stay home because they do not want to leave their families or their belongings. These types of citizens are uninterested in serving or partaking in the war efforts. The second type of citizen’s stay home, but still serve by rationing their supplies, sending the troops off with financial support, and other essential services that a country needs in such a dire time. The last group are patriots who enlist as soon as they hear of the war. They serve tirelessly for what they believe in; they endure struggles that are beyond comprehension for some.

            So it is with the church— there are these same demographics of people. Those that go to church every Sunday with no intention to serve, those who give generously and serve selflessly to support the Church, and those who jump into the  frontlines in order to share the Gospel of Christ.

            There is no formula or amount of work we can do to earn salvation. Salvation is a free gift that was bought with the Blood of Christ. Because of Christ’s work on the Cross, we are called by Christ to spread the Gospel, serve those in need, and constantly battle our flesh and the desires thereof. We are called to serve the hurting, oppressed, the poor and needy, widows, orphans, our enemies, the list can go on and on. As Christians, we are to serve Christ without any consideration of ourselves. 

“ For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ -Matthew 25:35-40

To consider those in need is to consider the Savior. So, what I want this article to convey is that there is a war being fought— a spiritual war— and we are called to enlist as a servant and a soldier. We wage war against our flesh, we fight for the lost, we serve those in need. In a war as important as this, we should never sit back and watch idly by. Instead, we should be in the trenches fully equipped with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) for the day of battle.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:12

            At Crown Valley Youth Ranch, we fight the enemy in all forms. When kids walk through our doors, they are being attacked by anxiety, depression, selfishness, and so many other forms of sin. It is our duty to share the Good News of the Gospel and fight the darkness that tries to destroy the lives of children, parents, and families. There is a real battle going on in this generation. Now days, children are struggling with issues that previous generations never had to deal with. Young people live in an instant gratification and hyper-sexualized world. This is why mental illness and behavior issues are on the rise. So how do we stop this? The Gospel.

            Ask yourself, what do you do? Do you choose to stay in comfort, do you serve give to those in need, have you “enlisted in the service”? My challenge for you is to take that leap of faith to serve in ways that make you uncomfortable or may stretch you thin, and when you feel like giving up, rely on the source of our strength— the Lord.