Saturday, 18 February 2017


Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth. – Psalm 110.3

A call for loyal soldiers
Comes to one and all;
Soldiers for the conflict,
Will you heed the call?
Will you answer quickly,
With a ready cheer,
Will you be enlisted
As a volunteer?

A volunteer for Jesus,
A soldier true!
Others have enlisted,
Why not you?
Jesus is the Captain,
We will never fear,
Will you be enlisted
As a volunteer?

These are the words to a great old gospel song I have not heard in years. It is a stirring hymn calling God’s people to volunteer as soldiers for Christ. It is reminiscent of Paul’s call for us to ‘endure hardness as a good soldier for Jesus Christ.’ The song is a call for us to dedicate ourselves to God’s service.

God doesn’t force anyone to serve Him, but He does desire that His people will volunteer our lives to a life of serving Him.

But unlike earthly soldiers who are dedicated to some national power, God’s volunteers serve Him in the beauty of holiness. Volunteering for Him means that we give up our own wishes and desires to serve Him in holiness.

As we see things around us in confusion and despair it is more than time for us to step up as volunteers for Jesus and serve Him in the beauty of His holiness.

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