Captain of submarines and large ships, my father-in-law, Captain Lowe Bibby III, had to be prepared at any minute to faithfully serve wherever needed, even in battle. But He didn’t get to that confident ability overnight. It took years, a lifetime of training. First, he learned and observed from his own father, also a Navy Captain. Then he studied and applied for an appointment to the Naval Academy. After four years of rigorous training, education, memorizing systems, and learning to obey orders, he graduated from the Academy. He was then assigned to serve in Korea, practicing what he had learned. With continual experience and education throughout his career he was prepared, ready and faithful to serve his country in peace time or in battle.
The key to my father-in-law’s success and service as a trained officer was in being faithful to his promise to obey orders. Whether in a submarine, on a ship, at the Pentagon, or in constantly moving from base to base with his family every 2 to 3 years, he was faithful to obey. If he didn’t obey orders it could cost the lives of men who served under him as well as his job and career.
Just like the military men and women who train and serve, Jesus’s followers more than ever need to be trained and ready to serve being faithful to obey orders at any minute. Our training begins with knowing God through His Word, memorizing, studying and applying the Words of our Commander. Then as we walk with Him in faithful obedience we are prepared for the inevitable battle which is upon us daily. Even Jesus learned this obedience as He obeyed His Father,
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4 “…I have kept My Father’s commandments…” John 15:10
As followers of Jesus, abiding in Him, we need to be faithful to be at our “post” obeying and serving whenever and wherever we are needed. We may be suffering through time spent in training, or serving on the front lines in prayer, overseas in another culture, or supporting those in need. We show our faithfulness as we obey His commands, staying focused on our Commander.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
Have I been trained to know His Word and use it effectively? Am I being faithful at my “post” pleasing the One who has enlisted me? Do I give support to others who are serving? Or am I becoming “entangled” in the worldly pursuits around me and have totally forgotten that I am a soldier in a daily battle? As I abide with Jesus, thankfully, He will train me and produce the fruit of faithfulness as I “share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Are you being trained and faithfully serving where you are?