Memorial Day is a day to remember and pay honor to military personnel who have died in the service of our country. I’ve only been to one military funeral; I was 9 or 10 years old and the fallen soldier was the son of my mother’s cousin.
When I was in High School, there was a Memorial Day program that paid tribute to “Gold Star Mothers”. The mother I escorted throughout the service was quite old. I remember her telling me her son had been dead for many years. She still mourned his passing and she cried that day. She thanked me for remembering the Gold Star Mothers and for walking with her.
It’s possible to live in this great country of ours and forget that there are men and women who are fighting for us still today. They stand against our enemies so that we don’t have to. They give their lives so that we might live in the freedom that every deceased veteran has earned for us.
It’s also possible to be a Christian and forget that there is a spiritual war being waged. Many have lost their lives in this battle. Even today Christians are being killed because of their faith, as many as a hundred a month. It could be considerably higher! There are no gold stars, there are no front page headlines, the war is hidden, but not from God. God knows, and loves, every soul martyred for Him.
“The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.” – Psalm 116:15 NLT
There is also a war being waged for the minds of believers. If we don’t engage and do our part, we surrender ground to the enemy every moment of every day. When we surrender ground, we put our spiritual lives in danger. We must engage. We must fight.
“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – NLT
Are you willing to engage in the battle? Or are you afraid of death? Are you more concerned for your living body than your living soul? The body is temporary; the soul is eternal.
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” – Matthew 15:26
There is One who stood on the front line and gave His life so that we might live! When Jesus died, and rose again, He defeated the greatest enemy: death.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.” – Hebrews 2:14
The war has been won, but we must still fight the battles. When we fight with Jesus, though our bodies may die, we have the assurance of knowing that we live forever with Him! There are no Memorial Days in heaven!