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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
In the morning my alarm goes off. I roll out of bed, get down on a knee, point a finger to heaven and say, “Reporting for duty, Sir.”
I want to hit the ground running for Jesus. I want to be the guy in 2 Timothy 2:3, “...a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
Being a soldier in a huge army simplifies some things.
A soldier doesn’t have to make up things to do each day. He is TOLD what to do. He has orders, and his agenda is to obey those orders.
You don’t do whatever you feel like. You don’t do what everyone else is doing. You don’t go with the flow or look out for number one. You do what you are TOLD to do by your commanding officer.
So being a good soldier of Jesus Christ simplifies your schedule.
It also simplifies your education. So many people today are trying to figure out what they want to do to and what education they need.
But a soldier submits himself to the commander, and the commander orders the training that prepares the soldier for the mission.
And being a soldier means being provided for. A soldier doesn’t worry about his provisions. That’s the army’s job. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Weapons. All provided for the soldier.
Now I know that being a good soldier of Jesus Christ is not the same as being a soldier in an army.
And yet that is how I approach each day. I say to Jesus my Commander, “Show me Thy ways, O Lord. Teach me Thy paths. What do You want me to do? How do You want me to do it? When do You want me to do it? Lord, I want to do YOUR will every day. I want to follow You as my Good Shepherd, as my Provider and Leader and Commander.”
So my alarm goes off. I roll out of bed, get down on a knee, bow my head, point a finger to heaven and say, “Reporting for duty, Sir.”
God bless you, today.
I’m Doug Apple.