Wednesday, August, 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
“Compelled by the Holy Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem not knowing what will happen to me. I only know that in every city prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing except that I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me to testify about the Gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:22-24)
Paul’s statement of complete commitment to the cause of Christ reminds me of a famous story that took place during the Battle of D-Day on June 6, 1944. Col. Terrence Otway led the 9th Parachute Battalion in an attack to destroy 4 German outposts overlooking the beaches of Normandy. Lt. Michael Downing served as Otway’s primary assistant.
After the German positions had been captured, Michael Downing rushed into Col. Otway’s presence and stood at attention while he tightly gripped his chest. Downing reported, “Sir, the German batteries have been captured, and the mission has been accomplished.” Col. Otway turned to light a yellow signal flare to indicate the mission’s success. When Otway turned back to congratulate Downing’s courageous efforts, he was shocked to find that Downing lay dead at his feet from a wound to his chest. The battle was won and his task was done.
Can you imagine the spiritual victories that might be won if God’s people lived with the same type of sacrificial commitment that is expected from our soldiers? What if each of us who serve King Jesus saw our lives as expendable in the battle to expand God’s Kingdom?
In Revelation 12:11, God’s soldiers are commended because “they conquered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony because they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Remember, you will find no greater King to serve than our Lord Jesus Christ. He models sacrifice. He calls us to complete commitment and a willingness to expend ourselves and our resources to advance His Kingdom’s cause. When God’s people overcome the currents of the culture and stand completely committed to Christ, we will shake and remake our world and hear our King’s commendation of “Well done, My faithful One — the Mission is accomplished. The battle is won!”