It’s been nearly ten years since I visited Parris Island, South Carolina. Right–one of the Marine Corp basic training camps. An acquaintance of ours had completed the weeks of rigorous training, and he invited us to come to his graduation.
I remember he told us about the nit-picky rules regarding his uniform. At certain places he was required to wear his dress blues, and certain casual attire he was forbidden to wear. Flip-flops, for instance, unless he visited Hawaii. Not anywhere else, mind you, not even Florida, but Hawaii.
The Marine Corp reserved, and exercised, the right to dictate minute details of his life, even when he wasn’t on duty.
The minute we get saved, surrendering our lives to Jesus, we join His army. Why else would he tell us in Ephesians 6:11 to “Put on the whole armor of God”?
And as part of this army, there are certain requirements. We are to “walk worthy” of our position, our calling. Our identity as God’s soldiers ought to be obvious. Take a peek at these verses:
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
-Ephesians 4:1 (NKJV)
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
-Colossians 1:10 (NKJV)
that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
-1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NKJV)
Quite a theme. The New Testament is full of specific ways we can “walk worthy” of our God and our position in His kingdom.
Sometimes we make excuses.
“It’s too hard.”
“That verse doesn’t mean that.“
“Jesus came to bring liberty.” (Doesn’t that one sound good?)
Yet the military in our country makes odd demands on its members, and we accept them as a matter of course.
We have enlisted in the army of an all-knowing God who never makes a mistake. If He says, “Walk this way,” He doubtless has a good reason, even if we don’t quite understand it. Besides, He is our King, the Commander in Chief of our army.
So we walk that way.
Sometimes it’s as simple as that.