“You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name. He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” (Deut. 10:20-21, NKJV)
Today we celebrate Veterans Day. We celebrate those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. They made a decision to serve our country no matter what the cost. For the sake of our country, some have been shipped overseas to dangerous lands, right in the enemy’s territory, on the enemy’s soil, yet they must serve. In their decision to serve, these men and women have had to be separated from their families, some suffered loss of limbs, some were held captive, and some have lost their lives. All the same, they made a choice to serve.
Despite the fact that serving our country means giving up everything, men and women who join the armed forces are given special benefits and privileges. Because they gave up their time, put in the years, and gave up their lives to serve our country well. These individuals receive medals, badges of honor, rewards, a hero’s welcome, a holiday, and are celebrated on special occasions. Their sacrifices, their stories are written in history books, place on walls, displayed in museums and parks. These men and women are remembered for all that they have done.
Likewise, you and I, the Believer, have made a decision to serve God no matter what the cost. Though we might lose relationships, go through heartaches, and may even lose our own lives for being a Christian, even still, we said yes to God. At times, serving God is not a walk in the park. Our service to Him means going into the enemy’s camp, fighting on the front line, placed in the midst of satanic attacks, but no matter what, we must serve. As we serve our Father, we may experience isolation from people who don’t know Him, loneliness and being misunderstood. We’re ridiculed, despised and hated for our commitment to the Savior. Notwithstanding, we made the decision to follow after Christ.
“What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me?” (Ps. 116:12, NKJV)
Regardless of what we may experience or how hard we’re attacked, like those in the armed forces, serving God has great privileges, special benefits and wonderful rewards. The many rewards and abundance of blessings that come with serving God are too numerous to count, but I’ll remind you of a few. As Believers, we’re giving the beautiful blessings of having the presence of the Lord (Ps. 116:8-9). We have His protection and His covering. We have constant contact with Him because He lives inside us. He hears us at all times, and He answers us when we call (Isa. 58:8-11; 1 John 5:14-16). He gives us new mercies and unmeasurable grace that pours down on us daily. He has given us a new life, eternal life, and He has prepared for us a new home where we’ll live with Him forever and ever (John 14:1-3). Amen! And that’s just a few things that comes with saying yes to God. So much more can be found in His Holy Word, the Bible, which is another special benefit that belongs to the Believer.
"Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart." (Ps. 119:2, AMP)
So, today we salute the veterans. We celebrate the sacrifices that these men and women made for our country. In addition to saluting veterans, let’s celebrate, rejoice, and give honor and thanksgiving to our Savior, Jesus Christ. For it was Him who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all men, women, children, our country, and this world. Jesus gave His life so that you and I could have eternal life (John 3:16), and for His blessed sacrifice, we’ve made a choice to serve Him.
Happy Veterans Day! Let’s serve our Heavenly Father no matter what the cost; for God sacrificed His Son’s life for us - now, that’s sacrifice!
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