They enlisted for glory! On July 4th, 1776, the 56 signers of America’s “birth certificate”, the Declaration of Independence, enlisted in the fight for freedom. They affirmed that everyone is endowed by the Creator God of the Bible with the “inalienable rights of life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness” in accordance with His moral law. This is the greater glory of freedom that has historically made America distinct among all nations as a light in the darkness.
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” So it was said of the Marines who stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima in WWII. These courageous men were cut down by the thousands, risking all for the sake of a glory greater than their own renown. When they enlisted in the Corps, they did so to defend freedom’s holy light against an evil that was taking over the world.
Are you enlisted for glory? Every generation is faced with the decision whether or not to live for a glory greater than self. The Almighty God of the Bible is the Eternal Creator, Author of Freedom, & Love-Filled Savior. He made us to live for a passion & purpose bigger than ourselves. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory & honor & power; for You created all things, & by Your will they exist & were created” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV).
Why should you enlist for glory? Almighty God burst gates of freedom by enlisting Himself in the epic battle of the ages. The Lord Jesus Christ, God in human form, bore our punishment of wrath. He stormed the gates of hell & assaulted the power of darkness by pouring out His own blood at the cross to rescue us from the hell we deserve. Christ rose from the dead & conquered sin, death, & the demonic forces of evil forever. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV).
Will you enlist for glory? The General of Heaven’s Army, Jesus Christ, invites you to enlist & fight for His greater glory. He offers freedom from your sins & enlistment in the halls of heaven. This is what you were made for & what your heart desires. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, & that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9 NKJV).
How can you enlist for glory? Refusal will result in you being banished to the outer darkness of hell on Judgment Day. “And anyone not found in written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15 NKJV). The absolute truth of God’s Word not only warns you of doom but also beckons you to the greater glory of freedom in Christ. You must enlist through faith in Christ by believing in your heart that He is the GOD-MAN who died for our sins, was buried, & rose again. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, & you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 NKJV). Is there anything keeping your from trusting Christ as your Savior right NOW?
*Published in the Adams-Friendship Times-Reporter: June 2016