But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
I have mentioned my service in the military before and have several years of active duty, now in the National Guard and I am going to be promoted to Colonel. The rank insignia is an eagle. It’s a pretty big deal and comes with some extra responsibilities and duties that I am really looking forward to performing. As I think about that, I realize that as Christians, as in the military, we grow in our walk and in a manner we are promoted to positions of progressively greater responsibilities.
But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16
We start as, in the case of officers, as a Second Lieutenant where we are new to the military with barely any real knowledge. We are commissioned as Christians through the forgiveness paid for through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Then, as we learn by spending time in prayer we become stronger in our faith we stumble less and we understand deeper meanings in the scripture.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
As we move up through the ranks in Christ’s Army we are given more and more responsibilities. We go from being mentored and taught, to learning from studying the Bible and talking with other Christians, then when we have the experience necessary we are expected to mentor and teach less mature Christians and lead people to Christ, some become Ministers, others minister through songs, teaching Bible studies or as elders in the Church. But regardless of how we serve God, we will not only be expected to, but will want to, assume those responsibilities.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
While forgiveness and salvation are given freely to all who believe in Christ as the Son of God who died for our sins and was resurrected, the free gifts come with responsibilities for if we don’t grow and assume those progressively greater and greater responsibilities we can stagnate in our walks with Jesus.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
As we grow in Christ we also have to expect, no demand, more of ourselves and be even more diligent in our actions and behavior as the “junior Christians” will be using the more spiritually mature individuals as role models and will often emulate or imitate those individuals and a bad example can not only damage our own Christian lives but that of others. It requires that we not hold ourselves to the standards we perceive as proper but to even higher standards.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 1 Timothy 4:15
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
There are many other verses that discuss how we should grow in Christ and as we grow be an example for others. He wants us to grow, become mature, lead others to Him and help them grow in Christ as well.
Lord, I thank You for the understanding You give me on how You want me to live for You. I praise You for helping me grow in Christ and improve my walk with Jesus. I ask in His name that You continue the work You are doing in me and in my life. Help me move up through the ranks of service to You and help me be the mentor, teacher and example that You wish me to be. I ask that You draw loved ones to You that they may know salvation and know how to walk with Christ as well.
Thank you all for your time. I pray the He blesses you richly this Christmas season and that you are able to be a blessing to others.