The soldier’s uniform.
Anyone like me growing up in the Salvation Army as a child knew the challenges of wearing the ‘uniform’ as a witness to Christ. I knew early on the experiences of being laughed at. However, it was hardly an interpretation of the verse:
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24-25
We have not yet had the experience of inviting people to come to Christ and have to tell them that they will probably be persecuted, lose everything, be tortured, imprisoned and perhaps die.
One Christian friend working in the most insecure of places told me, “We are careful, but we are not afraid.”
A soldier wears their uniform with pride. They are not afraid of being identified with the army. We need this same fearlessness today.
Apostle Paul was arrested, beaten, whipped, mocked, called crazy and stoned.
John Wesley was pelted with rocks, rotten fruit and dead cats!
Don’t be tempted to play it easy.
Hebrews 11:27 and 12:1-2; let us persevere.
“Let us all be of one business. We live only for this, to save our own souls and the souls of those who hear us.” John Wesley.
When his wife pleaded with him to get some sleep, “How can I sleep when my land is not saved?” He would often pray all night in agonising tones, “Lord, give me Scotland or I die!” John Knox.
“O Lord give me souls, or take my soul!” George Whitfield.
“On to Calvary! On to death for the world! Let us not refuse the smiters! No halting! No rest! On, suffering, sorrowing, weeping, dying for God and man, till the hosts of hell fly from their last defence and we march on over a burning world into everlasting glory.” William Booth.