I know many who have been in the armed forces and one thing they each comes to understand is that you always obey your commanding officer. If your commander says to do 50 push-ups, you do them. If they say to run five miles, you run. If they say you’re heading to Iraq, you’re on that plane. You can’t pick and choose when you want to do things. This is a life commitment that requires complete obedience.

The same is true with soldiers of the cross of Christ. Christ is looking for those who will see Him as their Commander. He is looking for men who will have a firm commitment to Him and obey Him immediately without looking back. In fact, if you don’t give everything over to Him and obey Him completely in everything then you aren’t truly following Christ. Luke 9:62 says, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. “A true follower of Christ doesn’t look back, but seeks to please his commander; that is, Christ (2 Timothy 2:4).

One who joins the armed forces must be ready to give it all. I doubt most fully understand what that means. I doubt anyone who hasn’t been on the front lines of battle fully understands what that means. But when a new recruit signs that line and gives their life over, they are committing to something bigger than themselves, a road that will be tough. They will suffer and many will give their lives. But it is a career of discipline and honor. It is one to be highly commended and highly respected.

The same is true for those who choose to follow Christ. You will suffer (John 16:33). You may be hated (John 15:18). It will be a difficult road and few will make it (Matthew 7:14). You may not fully understand that, but when you “sign-up” to follow Christ you are making a life commitment to something bigger than yourself. Many will give their lives. But in the end there is a crown of glory and there is honor. Those who suffer for following Christ will be highly commended. Are you ready to join?