Church's military service
"You therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2Tim 2:3)
1)A servant is a good soldier:
a) A seriously committed soldier:
- Daily prayer routine.
- Daily Bible readings from which the servant receives the Lord's special message (preferable writing them).
- Monthly book readings that is related to service (psychology, commentary, ritual, spiritual or dogmatic).
- Lessons preparing.
- Seeking the Lost Sheep.
b) A dedicated soldier:
"No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." (2Tim 2:4) Dedicated to show Christ's love that fills one's heart and life through service just like the person who joins the army leaving behind any kind of commitments. A servant will sacrifice times of entertainment in order to fulfill service duties which is mainly the responsibility of his/her own and others salvation.
2)Jesus is the leader:
- A servant needs to have Jesus' portray set before his eyes and in his mind and heart. "Before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been clearly portrayed among you as crucified". (Gal 3:1)
- A servant obtains his/her power from Christ, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)
- A servant acquires Christís peace that blesses his/her service and life. "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 5:1)
3)The fellowship of service:
Successful service is a life of fellowship in which all members share one heart and one spirit.
In order to attain this, a servant should:
- Feel humble believing that his participation is of the least importance among his fellow partners.
- Learn a method of discussing issues with a tone of love. Each member of the service should be interested in listening to others' opinions so that all members can reach a unified opinion.
- Do his best to achieve the majority's choice even if he/she does not agree with the majority's decision. "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". (Eph 4:3)
A servant should accept the toil of service; for example the labor of preparing, planning and presenting Sunday school lessons, seeking the Lost Sheep and the hardship of overcoming some misunderstandings among the members and the absence of some materials. "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (1Pet 2:21)