Back in the day,
I raised my right hand and swore allegiance to my country. I also promised to fulfill my responsibilities as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
When the golden bars—defining me as a Second Lieutenant—were pinned on my blue uniform, I relinquished my rights as a private citizen.
My job, where I lived, and what I wore to work was out of my hands. Even the length of my hair was regulated. It couldn’t fall below the bottom of my collar.
At a moment’s notice, I could be uprooted from my family and sent overseas. After all, “If the military wanted you to have a family, they’d have issued you one.”
I knew this when I raised my hand as a single woman. No one forced me to join the military.
Just like no one forced me to profess my faith in Christ and be baptized.
I served in the Air Force for ten years before I resigned my commission to become a stay-at-home mom.
But nothing can separate me from Christ. I am not my own.
According to the Bible, I’ve been bought by the blood of Christ, adopted into God’s family; sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Sadly, HOW I LIVE as a soldier of Christ will reflect who I belong to; the depth of my allegiance. Am I willing to…
- Surrender my rights
Accept His will
Obey at all costs
In his book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers said,
Jesus stresses what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. That’s why our Lord used the word “If” whenever He spoke about discipleship.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…” (Luke 9:23)
Especially If I claim to love Christ, but live “My Way” like Frank Sinatra’s song.
But, what if I didn’t do it my way?
What if I chose to consider and obey the “If” statements of Christ rather than worry about the “what if’s” in life that may or may not happen?
What if I vowed to…
- Acknowledge Christ as Lord of my life.
Bow to His supremacy.
Behave like a bondservant and ambassador of Christ.
What if I followed Jesus…
Not because it’s my Christian duty, but with a heart filled with love for Him who died for me?
Can you imagine an army of Christ that truly belonged to Him?
2 Timothy 2:3
9 thoughts on “Who Do You Belong To?”
What a great comparison, Karen. Unique perspective drives unique opportunities to learn from each other. Thanks for sharing this.
Wow, I didn’t know you were in the military, Karen! That’s cool! Love how you compared it to our commitment to Christ!
Barb, there are many things you don’t know about me. HA
Found you through a search of Air Force topics. Love the thoughts you present. I thank you for your service to both the nation and to Jesus. With your permission, I would like to become a follower.
Not to be offensive, the long hair look works better for you. But to be fair, the uniform was unflattering to everyone’s look. At least that was my impression.
You have my permission. And thank you for serving our country.
Glad you’re writing and loving the Lord! .
Two of my favorite things. 🙂
Loved this, Karen. I’d sure like to imagine an army that lived like we belonged to Him… Most of the time I live like I’ve been conscripted, instead of commissioned by Christ. Thanks for a great reminder!
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I LOVE how you compared conscripted vs commissioned. Hoping we can both go into the holiday season on fire for our Lord and King.
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