Only Three Responses

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.  Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.  The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.”  2 Timothy 2:1-6 (NIV)

Joe Hardman, a dear friend and NHIM Board member, and I were discussing responses to certain situations.  Joe shared an experience when he first went into the military.  An officer informed Joe, in no uncertain terms, that there were only three responses he should make to an officer: ‘Yes, Sir’,  ‘No, Sir’, and finally, ‘No excuse, Sir’.

I am wondering if that might not be a good model for our responses to God. When God makes His will known to us, our response should be ‘Yes, Sir’.  When we have stepped outside of His will and He says please don’t do that again, our response should be – ‘No, Sir’.  When we are confronted with our sin, the appropriate response should be, ‘No excuse, Sir’.

In the military, these 3 responses can save the soldier a lot of grief, discipline, and even time in the brig.  I truly believe if we would practice these 3 simple responses in respect to God, our relationship with Him would be greatly enhanced.  We could save ourselves a lot of grief, discipline, and time in God’s brig.  The use of a soldier’s responses for a spiritual application is appropriate.  The Apostle Paul advises Timothy to be “a good soldier” and “to please his commanding officer”.   Lord reveal your will to me for this day and I’ll say “Yes, Sir”.

~ Brother Roy

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