Archive for November 8, 2013

Are you a soldier of Christ?

I know you may not recognise the term “soldier” in this context, so think about it this way, are you part of the army of Christ? If you answer yes to that question, that makes you a soldier of Christ.

For those of us in the Salvation Army, the word “soldier” is a term we regularly use and that is what got me thinking about being soldiers of Christ. I think it was again at our recent Salvation Army UK Congress when we sang the following song:

Soldiers of our God, arise!
The day is drawing nearer;
Shake the slumber from your eyes,
The light is growing clearer.
Sit no longer idly by,
While the heedless millions die;
Lift the blood-stained banner high,
And take the field for Jesus.
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down, bring them down!
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down, bring them down!
Pull down the devil’s kingdom,
Where’er he holds dominion,
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down.
Glory, honour to the Lamb,
Praise and power to the Lamb;
Glory, honour, praise and power,
Be forever to the Lamb.
See the brazen hosts of hell,
Art and pow’r employing;
More than human tongue can tell,
Blood-bought souls destroying.
Hark! from ruin’s ghastly road,
Victims groan beneath their load,
Forward, O ye sons of God,
And dare or die for Jesus.
Warriors of the risen King,
Great army of salvation,
Spread His fame, His praises sing,
And conquer every nation.
Raise the glorious standard higher,
Work for vict’ry, never tire;
Forward march with blood and fire,
And win the world for Jesus.

Lots of references in this song to military terms such as

  • Take the field
  • Conquer
  • Forward march
  • Army of salvation
  • Raise the…standard higher
  • Victory

All of which give us quite a vivid image of what the songwriter is trying to portray to us.

At the end of the day though, it’s all about winning the world for Jesus…it’s all about transformation again isn’t it!

So as a soldier of Christ, are you ready to arise and go out into the world and transformation the world for Jesus?