Latin for “Always Faithful”, Semper fidelis, “distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork-it is a brotherhood and lasts for life. Semper fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, and to the Corps and country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fi reminds us of that.” When becoming a part of this brotherhood, there is sacrifice, suffering, and separation. For the cause of the mission, the country, and the brotherhood, how many birthdays, anniversaries, births of children, graduations, and so many other family milestones been missed? How many have lost life and limb, for the cause? It is said, that whether having been a Marine for one day, one year, one decade, or for several decades, a Marine is always faithful to the core, to country, and their fellow Marines. May God bless all who have served, and are currently serving our country. “Semper Fi.”
As I delved into the meaning and implication of said motto, I began to think about the Spiritual applicability and relevancy of the phrase, “Always Faithful.” When one has determined to be “Always Faithful”, there must be someone or something, to which we are pledging this allegiance. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God gave His Son, and the Son gave His life! Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Jesus came into this world to complete a mission, the mission of salvation. He came to seek and to save, that which was lost. He came to redeem man back unto Himself. He suffered vicariously and died for us, that we might have a right unto the tree of life! His promises are yea and amen. With God, a promise is a promise! Even when we fail God, He remains faithful! We can count on Him to come to our rescue, when the enemy of our souls is hot on our trails. When we are going through fiery trials, temptations, and suffering lack, we can count on Him to bring us through, and to supply our needs, according to His riches in glory. He is not a fair weather friend! Jesus will go with you through the thick and thin, and to the very end! God has our backs. Trust Him and never doubt! Remember, when you are distressed, discouraged, and in despair, you have a friend, who sticketh closer than a brother! Jesus is “Always Faithful.” When He died on Calvary, He completed the mission of salvation, sacrificing His life for our liberty! Praise God! He rose from the dead, and one day He’s coming back to receive His bride, the body of Christ, unto Himself! Glory hallelujah!
As a child of the Most High God, are you faithful to the mission at hand? What is your role? Are you willing to answer the distress calls of your fellow brethren? Are you willing to sacrifice, and to suffer for the cause? Are you willing to remain faithful unto the end, no matter what? We will discuss this further, in Pt. 2. May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and everyday!