Memorial Day is the time our country has set aside to honor those fallen heroes who gave their lives for our personal freedoms and our nation’s continued political and religious freedom. Please take the time to talk to your children about what was sacrificed on their behalf! We like to take our children to our town’s cemetery and read the memorials of those who gave their lives for us in military service. Because of the warriors we celebrate on Memorial Day, followers of Christ in our country have the freedom to share their faith without fear of losing their lives. They paved the way for our freedom.
There are many spiritual warriors who have fought for our spiritual freedom, as well. It is a good time to think about what the disciples who had been with Jesus went through to tell others the truth about Jesus and the freedom we have in Him. The disciples had disciples who carried the message forward when the disciples had given their lives in Jesus’ name. The message was passed on and on until it got to the people who shared it with us.
There are many warriors who shared the truth with us. Though they didn’t face the fear of risking their lives, many have risked relationships, rejection, and comfortability to share the truth with us. Some have risked even more. Think of the Sunday school teachers, pastors, youth pastors, caring family members, and friends who took the risk to intentionally share Jesus with us through His Word and through their lives. They were spiritual warriors for us. They loved us enough to tell us the truth about Jesus and give us the chance to join His family, His army alongside them.
Now we join their ranks. We are warriors for our children and grandchildren. We honor those who we celebrate on Memorial Day when we intentionally share our faith with those God has placed in our lives. Our country’s soldiers fight in part so that we can have the right and freedom to worship our Lord how He leads us, to train our children to follow Him, and to share His love with everyone God gives us to love.
Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3
How are you going to honor the warriors God sent to fight for your freedom today?