Friday, April 10th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 2)
Soldier Baby's First Steps
Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His Hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, 'Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'
Matthew 19:13-14 (NASB)
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 (NASB)
Who has more faith than toddlers? To wee ones, life is a wonder and small things are fun. Without doubt, they trust their needs will be met. Without fear, they jump into open arms. Without fail, they look for the good in life.
Children born into the army of Jesus Christ enjoy many advantages, including strong families with deep roots. They're raised on excellent diets: 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35) and 'The fruit of the Spirit... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness' and 'self-control' (Galatians 5:22-23).
Often, soldier babies learn the chain of command early: who's in charge, how to pray and when to repent. They're guarded from pitfalls and plots. With bright eyes and clear paths, they answer altar calls early. The way doesn't seem narrow, because friends travel with them.
But what if eager parents build walls of protection? What if soldier kids lack the challenges of outside interaction? Or what if they see hypocrisy at home? Adults who don't practice what they preach? Because 21st century children know hype and hate fakes.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you're young and reading this devotion, chances are your parents are doing it right: teaching you about Jesus and the world. They don't pretend to be perfect, but they're trying and you respect them. Praise God! Just don't forget your duty to help other kids.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you're an adult reading this devotion, maybe you grew up as a soldier baby or maybe you didn't. Either way, you're in the army now. Lawlessness, addiction, desperation and slavery are the norms of the world in which you've been cast.
So for everyone's sake, don't live like a Christian baby in a bubble. Lives are waiting to be saved, and you've been called to this assignment. So mind His Orders as you head to the field.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.