In movies set during World War II, there’s a part of the U.S. and U.K. cultures that’s often highlighted known as “the war effort”. In other words, the war wasn’t just being fought by soldiers, but by everybody, whether abroad or at home. Everyone was participating in the war. Young men were zealous to go to the frontline, and it was shameful not to go. Back home, women like Rosie the Riveter contributed by building armament for the front. Families rationed food and fuel. Everyone contributed to the war effort. People expected it of themselves.
Oh, if only the church had the same mindset today. It seems like the church as a whole is acting like it’s peacetime, but make no mistake–we’re at war. Now, the church isn’t at war against flesh and blood, not against men, but against Satan and his cohorts. We have a mission. We are to infiltrate enemy territory, and take strategic positions, and dig foxholes, and call in air support, and drive the enemy back, all by sharing the gospel to the ends of the earth, speaking truth in love. And the enemy is trying to stop us at every front. But, as a whole, we’re acting like we’re not at war. We’re acting like we’ve never been given marching orders. We’re acting as if the enemy isn’t even there.
There are many church-goers who do not care to contribute to the war effort. They are satisfied by going to a service on Sunday, and in their minds, they have fulfilled their Christian duty. They are at peace. But, friends, that is not enough. There’s a war on. Everyone is expected to fight. Everyone should be participating. Everyone should be contributing. Listen to what Paul writes to the church at Rome:
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:4-8)
Are you contributing to the war effort? Are you using the gifts and talents that God has given you for the sake of His Kingdom work? Are you serving the Lord and your brothers and sisters in Christ? If you are, praise God! Continue on by His grace and for His glory. And if you’re not, don’t worry; there’s plenty of war left. Sign up today! “We can do it!” by His grace. If you’re not sure what to do talk to your pastor, friend, or mentor, and they will find a task for you. Let’s get to work, Sheep.