Semper Fidelis-Pt. 2

Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in every Marine. It is what compels marines to serve our country and the Corps. Every aspect of life in the Corps shows commitment, from the high standards of excellence to vigilance in training.” Always Faithful. The motto of the Marine Corps. These words not only serve as a motto for the Marines, but they are words by which they live. There are other secular organizations that are extremely faithful and committed to their causes as well. Their faithfulness is displayed by their actions. Some non-Christian groups and individuals give freely of their time, their talents, and substance, to those who are not in need of a hand-out, but a hand-up. They travel across the country to aid those who have been casualties of natural disasters. They take time out to help feed the hungry or donate clothing to the poor, and they visit the sick and shut-in, etc., at a rate which far surpasses Christians. What is wrong with this picture?

When we have repented of our sins, and have been born again of the water and of the spirit, we become members indeed of the body of Christ. What a privilege to be a part of this fellowship, this body of believers! Are you “Always Faithful” to the mission at hand? John 14:12 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I did shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” We also have been charged to complete the mission of witnessing to the lost at any cost. We are to tell everybody about somebody, who can save anybody. We are living epistles read among men. How else may we display our faith? How may we be God’s hands and feet on the earth? Are you willing to answer the distress calls of your fellow brethren? Our faith is also shared by our works. So many are hurting in so many different ways. YOU know how you are able to lend a helping hand. If you are unsure of how you are able to help someone who is hurting, ask God to lead you.

Being faithful, also means separating ourselves from things we know are not like God. We are to be lights in this dark world. We are not to be stumbling blocks to those who are lost, because we say one thing, but do another. Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” We must strive to live a disciplined, morally upright, and holy lifestyle before the Lord and the world. We who are soldiers in the army of the Lord, must “die.” We must reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto Christ. There are examples in the Bible of those who suffered greatly, because of their faithfulness. Stephen was stoned to death. (Acts 6:8-8:1) When the pressure is on, will you remain “always faithful?” Or, will your response be like Peter’s? In the 22nd chapter of the book of St. Luke, because of fear, Peter denied the Lord thrice, even with cursing! Praise God for His grace and mercy. Fight the good fight of faith. Let us remain totally committed to the mission at hand! Does every aspect of your life show commitment to your Lord and Savior? “If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” I will close with this question: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day! Semper Fi.