24 Hour Service

© E. E. Perry 2001

I heard it from sergeants and officers anytime I made a complaint, "You are a soldier twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year!" I could not argue the point. The government paid me to make myself available when needed for the protection and defense of our nation. I, sometimes reluctantly, went on to perform the task given to me, knowing it was my job.

Have you ever met a Sunday Christian? They go to church on Sunday and feel they accomplished some requirement for the week. When you ask them to do something on Monday, they balk. In their minds, they did their part by attending worship service and giving their tithe.

Anyone can sit in a pew on Sunday, looking and acting pious. However, the world does not see them there, being religious and nodding off during the pastor's sermon. The world sees them the other six days of the week, acting no different than them. They say, "Why should I become a Christian? They act no differently than me?" or even "I do better than them."

I have a thought for you: We are Christians twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, whether we act like it or not.

As Christians, we are Christ's representatives, ambassadors, to the world. "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20). On my first overseas tour, I was told that as US soldiers we were ambassadors to the country where we were stationed. They would judge all Americans by our conduct. Non-believers judge Christians by our conduct. We should conduct ourselves in a Christ-like manner. Christian means a follower of Christ. Followers imitate their master. Are you an imitator of Christ? I must admit this question strikes me. Many times I do not behave in a manner which portrays Christians in a positive light, but through prayer and Bible study, we can all learn to do better.

As Christians, we have been called into foreign service by our Lord and King. "Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul" (1 Peter 2:11). The Apostle Peter reminds us that we are not of a worldly kingdom but the kingdom of heaven. Since we are in the world, this makes us ambassadors for heaven. An earthly ambassador represents his country in another country. We represent the kingdom of Christ in the world.

As Christians, we need to realize we are constantly on duty for our King, Jesus. The way we conduct ourselves is a refection on Christianity and on Christ. We cannot do it in our own power, but our help comes from the Lord. He has given us all the things we need to combat Satan.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.

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