One day during the invasion of Iraq, when things were particularly tense, dangerous and stress-filled, I was sleeping next to a platoon of infantrymen when one Soldier snapped and “locked and loaded” on his platoon Sergeant, threatening to kill him. I stood up and with language less than pastoral ordered the Soldier to drop his weapon.
Waiting for the court-martial to begin one of the Soldiers who witnessed the event asked me what he should say during his testimony as he knew it would impact his friend. I simply replied, “Testify to the truth.”
John testifies, again, about Jesus, in Chapter 3 of John’s Gospel. What else can he do and what else are we called to do? It is our mission to testify to the truth about Jesus, to tell the world that Jesus must increase while I/we decrease and that whoever has the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life.” Our call and mission is simply to witness, to testify, and to live and tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. God can handle the outcome.
Prayer: Lord, keep us focused, keep us on mission and on point in our call to testify about Jesus. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Glenn Palmer,
Active Duty US Army Chaplain.