5 Minutes to Honor the Military
Sacrifice. Duty. Discipline. Our Military gives a great deal of themselves that often goes unnoticed. Too many times freedom is taken for granted, and those that give their lives to pay the price for freedom are overlooked or even consciously ignored. No amount that we could pay these men, women, and their families would be enough to say thank you for the results that they bring. It could not be enough to celebrate these brave soldiers on the few days set aside just for them, as with Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.
To our Military: for bravery in the face of criticism, we honor you. For determination and a willingness to obey orders, we thank you. For volunteering to offer your life to protect ours, we salute you. For enduring through life’s hardest of moments and situations, we pray for you. And for reminding us of another ultimate sacrifice – Jesus Christ – we admire you.
Sacrifice is the willingness to give up all for the needs of another. Our military makes a sacrifice within their lives every day. However, often overlooked or neglected is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Some of you right now are saying, “who?” Others are saying, “oh, another religious nut.” Yet, for 2000 years, Jesus has brought what no other person in history was able to completely offer, full salvation. Consider for just a moment what we need to be saved from.
From the day we are born, our lives are not perfect. We all make mistakes. In fact, the Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) That word sin speaks of anything that we do to displease or disobey God. When we break one of His commandments, we have sinned. For example, one of the 10 commandments states, “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” That means do not lie. So, when we told even that little white lie, we sinned against God’s law. You could go through all of the 10 commandments to see how you match up. The Bible teaches that we are all born sinners, which means we all, at some point, disobey God’s law. We must be saved from those sins. Why? Because every sin bears a consequence. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23) “…the soul that sinneth it shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:4 ) “…sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death…” (James 1:15) We must be saved from the consequences of our sin.
But we also face so many other troubles in life, and Jesus offers to help with those. He says, “Come… ye that labour… and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ) The missing ingredient to our hectic lives is Jesus Christ, God become man. He offers a salvation that is already paid for. He died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and came back to life by His power (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He died to take the consequences for our sins. Through His death we are offered total salvation, a restart option. The Bible even says, “If any man be in Christ, he is a NEW creature. Old things are passed away behold all things are become NEW” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Has the world become too much to handle? Has your life become empty or without purpose? Are you tired of doing everything on your own? Do you want complete forgiveness? Salvation is the answer to any and all of these. It is a new life, a new hope, and a new, personal relationship with God. And it is offered to anyone who is willing to completely trust Jesus to be their Saviour, saving you from your sins and helping you with your troubles. All that is needed for salvation is to place your trust in Jesus. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” (Acts 16:31) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). To show that you trust Jesus Christ today, simply call on Jesus and ask Him to save you. By the way, it’s not about magical or special words. It’s not your prayers that save you. It’s Jesus Christ and His promises from the Bible that saves you. Calling on Him just makes the decision in your heart evident to Him and to you. The greatest way to honor a sacrifice is to enjoy the offering made as a result. Today is your day to honor the sacrifice of our military and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Today, trust Jesus to save you. Call on Him and ask, “Jesus save me.”
We honor the sacrifice made of our troops. We thank them for the reminder that another sacrifice was made for us. We hope that this 5 minute reminder was the change you were looking for. The next step for you is to share with someone the decision you just made. We want to rejoice with the decision that you made, and we would like to continue to be a help throughout your life. This has been a resource and a help from www.opendoornm.org. There you will find many more helps and a great amount of information. Please, let us know how we can help more either by visiting us online or call us at (575) 812-8136.