“The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don’t even like the word.” – Charles Stanley
“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
What will stop you from obeying your Master?
One of the things that made a great and lasting impact to the Medical Team, from the first trip to the third trip to Leyte and Samar, was the life of the soldiers assigned to give us security support.
During the first trip, some parts of the province of Leyte were still considered unsafe due to the alleged looters and robbers. So whenever we transfer from one location to another at night, as soldiers were obliged to secure and watch over us, they would cock their M16 rifles every time the military truck would start to move…while we were seated beside them inside. One member of team asked the soldier, “Do you really need to cock your rifles?” The soldier calmly answered, “It’s better to be ready for anything.”
So whatever may happen to them, if someone would attack or ambush them, it would also happen to all of us.
But their security support gave birth to logistics support to medical support to domestic support – of all kinds! Talking of servanthood. It’s difficult and hard to equal them.
They became all-around logisitcs personnel…load, unload, load, unload…boxes, survival kits, medicines, food, bags…load, unload, load, unload…it’s endless. They will drive us from here to there, from there to here…it’s ceaseless!
They became all-around medical personnel…giving of numbers to patients…ushering patients to their seats…and guess what, dispensing medicines!
Then they became all-around domestic personnel they would prepare everything a mother would do – the house, the cleaning, the beddings, the water (have to get it from another house since water is not readily available at the faucet), the breakfast, the lunch (which they will cook at the house and bring it to the medical site already in styropore packs), the dinner, the preparation of the breakfast and dinner table, the washing of the dishes the list is almost limitless
While performing these duties, they almost had no complete sleep (consistently for the three to four days in each of the three trips) they’re beaten by the heat of the sun, showered by rainfall, weakened by hunger and thirst, they’re crushed by the tragic stories of the locals who unloaded the burdens to them, while they were being grinded emotionally by the loneliness of being away from their wives, children, and other loved ones. Whenever they share their personal experiences, they were always teary-eyed.
And the most amazing of it all:
No complains at all.
No complains from beginning till the end of the day.
No complains from first to the third medical mission trip.
No wavering of dedication
No wavering of commitment
No wavering of devotion…as a soldier.
I believe that we had our own moments in life that we say, “Words are literally not enough to describe….. “ Fill in the blanks.
Well, this is one example.
That’s why, one time, I had the chance to talk to the captain, who happened to be the head of the security team during the second trip. It was my first time to meet him since he was not able to join us during the first trip. I told him, Sir, the whole medical team are so grateful for all that you have done for us and also for the coming days ahead. The first trip would not be that successful if it weren’t for your team’s help and support. I also admire your dedication, commitment and devotion to your work.”Without me asking any question, I felt he read an “amazed and wondering mind,” transparently displayed on my face about their dedication, as if I’m asking him, “Why are you so dedicated to what you’re doing?”, he answered me something like this, “Sir, as soldiers, we know of only one doctrine: TO OBEY ORDERS.”
Three words it summarized everything they’re doing.
One principle gave birth to everything.
One seed of “doctrine bore multiple fruits to the harvesters.
To obey orders.
No wonder Paul used the metaphor of a soldier to train Timothy.
Paul said that the main thing is “to please the officer who enlisted them.
The main thing is to please our superiors.
The main thing is to please our mentors.
Our mentor emeritus once said, Be sure to make your mentors win.
One of my mentor once said, “We are not called to succeed but to obey. Because when we obey success follow.
The main thing is to please our Supreme Officer Jesus Christ who is the GREAT SOLDIER who lived His entire lifetime on earth just OBEYING ORDERS from His Heavenly Father.
so I do exactly what the Father told me to do. John 14:31b
I came down from heaven to do what God wants me to do, not what I want to do. John 6
I can do nothing alone. I judge only the way I am told, so my judgment is fair. I don’t try to please myself, but I try to please the One who sent me. John 5:30
This Christmas week, what do you think our Heavenly Officer is commanding you to do?
Will you be able to say like the captain, Sir, as soldiers, we know of only one doctrine: TO OBEY ORDERS.
Obedience to God is the pathway to the life you really want to live. Joyce Meyer