Hi Reader Friends! David Telbat here to welcome you to the 9th in my Special Forces Christian Series. In my last SFC post, “How Would You Respond to Torture?“, I offered encouragement in resisting the “torture” of sin and remaining grounded in the Word of God.
Today in “Vulture or Servant?,” I’d like to show that when a Special Forces Christian steps out in faith, he turns his back on the “vulture” mentality and becomes a servant.
You will be Alone
In mentoring young believers, I often hear how isolated true Christians are becoming in communities, prisons, and sometimes even in our churches. Some loneliness is an attack from the evil one to discourage us. But realistically, Bible loyalists are dwindling in number, not growing.
Christians who stress doctrinal truth are put down by other Christians for being divisive. But instead of compromising truth for superficial peace, the Special Forces Christian endures the ridicule and slander. And he stands alone, a solo-servant.
God has a Plan for you, the Solo-Servant
Christians are drawn to one another. We lean on one another for strength and prayer. We are Christ’s Body. We need extra support as we’re in the process of being equipped for ministry.
Once we are equipped for service, it’s time to get activated. Some churches raise up believers to deploy them for Christ. Others raise up believers to sit in the pew.
Christians must be dispersed for a reason. If we all stay in one place, whole regions are untouched with the gospel.
As our numbers decrease in these last days, that may mean we are solo-servants more often to cover more ground. Don’t lose heart!
Nothing Easy, Nothing Safe
It’s so much easier and safer to stay with the crowd, maybe joining in mocking others’ occasional failures. But there’s nothing physically easy or safe about being a Special Forces Christian. Hardship is our motto. We’re not afraid of hard work because it pushes us further from the world and closer to the Savior on whom we lean.
Safety in this world doesn’t exist, for there is no safety in destruction. Our safety lies on the Cross—that message which saves. So we step from the world, maybe even from the comfort of our church, and we allow our faith to be tested. We put money on the line and risk our reputation for the message of the Cross.
The vultures can keep to the safety of the crags. I’ll take the hardship of the Message of the Cross.
See you in the field!
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COMING UP: Friday, join us for a page from D.I. Telbat’s Author Reflections in Part I of “5 Challenges that Will Change Your Life.“
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