Being Fit for Duty in the Kingdom of God

Military personnel have to complete a process before they can be considered an actual military member. The process is setup to mold the military member into being an effective asset to the overall team. First, they have to pass the ASVAB test, medical screening and a background check for law violations. Particular medical and law violations can be waived so that many of them can join the military. Then they have to pass basic training and a specialized training course. Not everyone completes the overall process but the individuals that do complete the process are considered fit for duty.

While on duty some service members are injured and/or due to particular circumstances they have difficulties performing their duties. When situations such as these occur some military members are medically discharged but many of them eventually go through a process to determine if they are still fit for duty. Essentially when someone is found fit for duty it also has an effect on other service members too. If a service member can’t perform his or her duties then they will limit their team’s maximum potential. However, being found fit for duty and serving in the military can actually inspire others to consider serving too.

Although the military is needed, there are many people that do not like the military for various reasons. Most of their reasons are based upon bad influences, personal agendas, not knowing the truth and or the inability to focus on what matters most.

Going through the process of joining the military, being fit for duty and being an effective team member is similar to the walk of believers in the Father of Christ Jesus. God finds many individuals fit for duty within His kingdom. Believing in Christ Jesus is the first step in the process of God finding an individual fit for duty within His kingdom. Just as there are individuals needing medical or law violations waivers to enter into the military there are imperfect individuals that are accepted into the Kingdom of God. Their belief in Christ Jesus is their waiver into the Kingdom of God. Just like when individuals become a member of one awesome fighting force for our country, believers become members of the body of Christ Jesus which is within the kingdom of the awesome Almighty God.

Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:23-28

Another part of our entry into the kingdom of God is our rebirth. Most of the time there is not a physical change (see the life of the Apostle Paul) that occurs but there is spiritual change which is the rebirth. This part of the process is sometimes confusing because many individuals find it mentally hard to separate human birth from spiritual birth. This is common as man continuously tries to place human meaning on divine purposes.

Christ told the man Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. – John 3:3-6

To be reborn is an amazing step to eternal life. We have to maximize the opportunity to serve in the kingdom of God since He found us fit for duty. We will encounter many battles and wars while serving God and we will remain victorious too. Christ Jesus’ death on the cross reminds us that “The Fight is Already Fixed” and we win no matter the circumstance. Unfortunately some believers become wicked and disobedient to God thus making themselves unfit for duty for the kingdom of God. Many of them misuse their gifts and positions just like military members misuse their training or positions that lead to removal from duty.

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. – John 15:2

soldiers-prayingBelievers that are found fit for duty for the kingdom of God must continue forward winning battle after battle. Christ Jesus is Champion of the universe and Commander of our salvation so whom shall we fear. We can’t be timid in our walk but we must remain strong in our faith as believers. The men and women of our armed forces are spread throughout the world representing our country and fighting the war on terrorism. This is the same thing that we must do for the kingdom of God. Let’s go forth and maximize our gifts and enjoy the eternal fruits of our labor.

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:12

Calvin Brown
Calvin Brown is an Ordained Non-Denomination minister at Shechaniah River Church in Newport News, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 2009 after serving 20 years as an enlisted Soldier. During his active duty service, he participated in many major military campaigns such as deployments to Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan and received numerous awards to include two Bronze Stars. He attained his Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies at Saint Leo University, Florida. Calvin currently lives in Hampton, Virginia.