“What do you expect when you enlist as a soldier? You expect war, don't you? Battle!” In this message to the young people at a Brunstad conference, Johannes Schmechel compares Christianity to war, with Jesus Christ as the Commander.
“You have become a soldier,” he declares, “and I think it is extremely important to understand this; that after you make a decision to live for Jesus, you have battles ahead of you. But not only battle – also victory.”
Schmechel shows us in 1 Peter 4:1-2 how this victory can be won
“...He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”
“Or you could say, ‘ceased from the way it was before,’” continues Schmechel. “And how do I cease from the way it was before? I become a soldier; I arm myself with the same mind that I need to suffer in the flesh in order to reach the goal! To attain the riches in God.
He also encourages the young people by telling them that they have Jesus Christ Himself as their Commander – He who has been given all power in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
“Now you need to take your sword in hand and fight for your calling,” he exhorts in conclusion. “You have become a soldier!”