Will You Answer the Call?
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This year, the theme at my school has been “All In,” and I can certainly tell you it’s been one to reflect upon, both upon myself and those around me—are we really all in for God? It’s been tough looking at myself and others and realizing that we’ve all been short of that call. Then, one day, I’m looking up a YouTube video to use in a school project and an ad pops up, an ad for the United States Marine Corps. It was titled “Towards the Sounds of Chaos.” In it, the narrator says that each and every Marine is prepared to respond at a moment’s notice, to respond to the sounds of tyranny, injustice, and despair. In the background, you can hear gunfire, explosions, and women screaming. Then the ad ends with: The Few. The Proud. The Marines. Watching this ad, and seeing the video of Marines deploying on some beach somewhere running forward with no fear and no hesitation, then seeing Marines deploy out the back of an amphibious vehicle, but as the door is opening, you’re hearing the Marines pulling back on the cocking handles on their weapons—putting a bullet in the chamber and being prepared for anything that was about to meet them in opposition. Watching all this makes me wonder—Do Christians, the children of God and His ambassadors on earth, have the same commitment to their calling that these soldiers do for their country and calling in the Marine Corps?
In some ways, true and biblical Christianity share similar qualities with the USMC. Let’s start with their catchphrase: The Few and The Proud. In Matthew 9:35-38, it says:
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.””
The laborers are few. Jesus is the standard that all Christians should be reaching for, and in so doing helping those who are “harassed and helpless,” we are the few that Jesus wishes would go out and help His people. They are looking for help and Jesus has provided that help—through us! People wonder why Millennial Christians are so self-centered but we never stopped to think that maybe it began with the last generation of Christians—what we believe in our own lives is what we will pass on to our children, so it stands to reason that maybe it was a problem with the last generation of Christians. But I’m not here to assign blame-I just want to redirect our attention outward again. Christ calls us repeatedly to do all we can for those who are suffering and need help. For those of us in Christ, we are few but we wield a great power through Christ. One way is through prayer! Jesus commented on the power of prayer from a believer in Mark 9—saying that anyone who prays to God and believes with all his or her heart, it will be done! And the foundation for this belief should be Luke 1:37—not to mention everything else God has done in the past! So, yes while we are few, we hold great power in Christ to be the force of change that this world groans and longs to see!
Another quality Christianity is Proud. But for the Christian, it isn’t pride in ourselves. No, for that would make everything we do self-serving and be in vain. Like the Marines who believe they are serving something greater than ourselves and are proud to hold that title of Marine, we should be proud in what Christ has done for us and should serve Christ. Even still, this type of pride is a humbling pride because it reminds us constantly of what Jesus had to do to cleanse us of our sin. We should be proud to be the standard bearers for Christ—we carry His message to the world unashamedly, proudly—it should be something that people can see and be drawn towards. Does this mean the person who is proud in Christ has it all together? No! All of Christ’s followers are broken sinners who came to realize that they needed a savior, that they couldn’t do anything on their own! But now, with the realization that we have a mediator in heaven, a High Priest who pleads constantly on our behalf-we should be able to stand tall and lead others with confidence to the love of Christ through our words and deeds!
I have a friend, Hunter, who is constantly on fire for God. I thought I had met some people who were on fire for Him, but then I came to my school and met Hunter. He is all about God! He lives and breathes Him. I had the opportunity of getting to listen to him speak earlier this semester about his trips abroad over the summer and it is just phenomenal how much passion he has for Christ. This is someone I wish I could be, just be all out intensified and electrified to Christ. He is the prime example of living for Christ that I can think of right now!
I wish all followers of Christ were like the Marines in this video—we should be exactly like them! We should be the responders in this world when we hear the sounds of oppression and chaos. Christ offers love, hope, and strength. Like the Marines, we go through crucibles in life! These crucibles are God’s refining fire, removing all the impurities, through the process of sanctification, which we carry with us and constantly try to draw us away from God. Will we be the world’s 911 Response Force? Will we rise up and commit our entire selves, our lives, to God’s cause? Will we answer the call?
Will you be one of the few?
Will you be one of the proud?
Will you answer the call of Christ?
Will you run towards the sounds of chaos, tyranny, injustice, and despair?
Will you be all in?