Soldiering: one who contends or serves in a cause; to persist steadfastly; to persevere
The things [the doctrine, the precepts, the admonitions, the sum of my ministry] which you have heard me teach in the presence of many witnesses…Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. 2 Tim. 2:2 – 4. AMP
How can we not soldier on for Jesus? He loved us first. He prepared us for salvation before we were born. Jehovah calls us to Him for salvation. Christ died for us; and when we accept Him and His cleansing blood, we have effectively been taken out of the world and spared its fate. Jesus graciously petitioned the Holy Spirit that we may stay on track; and He took up residence inside of our hearts and strengthens us to overcome the wiles of the wicked one. Finally, He accompanies us on our journey to heaven to the place that He has prepared for us, to share in His glory for all of eternity.
It’s a matter of demonstrating our gratitude for the gift of His immeasurable grace. Moreover, God equips us for this soldiering;
…[and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]… Eph. 4:12 AMP
One way that God does this is by leaving us His word; in addition, He will provide whatever else is required:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. NKJV
…equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ… Heb. 13:21, 21. NASB
God put us here to love Him and His Son, and to expose as many of God’s potential children to the opportunity to understand why they need to return to Him, whereby we can help facilitate victory for the kingdom by playing our part in the winning of souls.
We wage the battle for the gospel in present time, to help ensure the hearer a future with Jesus in eternity. In that soldiering, we are harbingers of God’s grace.
Before we go soldiering, we want to seek our Savior in morning prayer, to get dipped in our spiritual preparation, so that those we may speak to may hear and see Jesus in our personage, leaving no doubt upon the hearer that we represent the gospel.
If we soldier for Jesus, He will bring us those victories by augmenting our faithful efforts through the Holy Spirit. We of ourselves cannot save anyone. As we speak the message, the Holy Spirit sows the seed of understanding into the heart of our recipients.
I call it ‘soldiering’ because we will meet with resistance from the devil and his minions, who want to thwart our efforts. Yet we have our watchful Commander by our side:
Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 1 Jn. 4:3, 4. AMP
In the end, it doesn’t matter what we encounter, suffering or not, Jesus will honor us for it:
“If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me…” Mt. 16:24 AMP
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled. 1 Pt. 3:14 NASB
How is anyone going to know the heart of Christ unless we tell them and show them? How will they know that they have a choice to live or die? It is only through the message of the atoning death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that the reprobate can have any chance of being delivered from this world.
The gospel covenant truth is the saving grace of God. You are called to disseminate its fragrance. You are gifting love and eternity. Soldier on…
Goodnight and God bless.