Tip of the Spear

bigstock-Us-Soldier-30905357Selfless.

I can think of no other word to describe the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. Now, I know—not all sign up for love of God and country. Some are adrenaline junkies looking for a challenge in our special operations forces (SOF). Others simply need discipline and direction. Reasons vary with each individual.

However, they have one thing in common. Sacrifice. They leave a lot behind. Friends. Family. This life of service comes with a cost.

Last month, our family attended a special graduation ceremony for our oldest. He joins an elite group of men in the SOF family. It was the first time our kids had seen their brother in nearly a year, a painfully long time for all of us.

And now he moves to the tip of the spear, military personnel serving at the foremost front lines. SOF definitely qualify for this title as their work takes them behind enemy lines as well. Exposing themselves to enemy fire in order to pick up a GPS or communication signal is not unheard of. Neither is risking life and limb to bring a wounded brother out of harm’s way or to retrieve the body of a buddy.

Like I said.

Selfless.

Christlike.

This season, as you watch the Hallmark commercials of military personnel returning home for the holidays, remember this. Many will not have leave and their families are enduring long months of deployment. Support them in any way you can.

Remember, too—our Savior left home to be our tip of the spear. He faced the enemy. He faced sin. He faced death.

We have victory today because of His service and sacrifice.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 ESV)

Questions:

Spiritual battles are all around us. Whose tip of the spear can you be?

Look at Ephesians 6 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. What kind of gear do we have?

Many times the battle is where?

Do you have family members who currently serve in the armed forces? If not, do you know friends or church members who do?

What can you do to make their holidays special?

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