: 2 When soldiers begin to question to struggle, I often try to change their perspective by asking, “What is the difference between a tool and a weapon?” While this line of reasoning intentionally gets them to think about hammers or rifles instead of their current circumstances. The answer I strive for is, “a tool is simply used according to its intended purpose, a weapon is used any other way.”
This naturally leads to the question of what is a soldiers intended purpose. Army Regs say we serve at the oversight of the American people to defend them against all enemies- foreign or domestic. However no one volunteers from a vacuum, we all stepped into this life in spite of, and not because of the scars of our past. It was those scars that showed us that we could be more.
When looking at the purpose of a Soldier from a more personal, faith-based approach, the service-member can be shown their intended purpose. As a tool they are a sword bearer of God against the evil doers of this world to show God’s justice to all men (Romans 13:1-4). The amazing thing is that God would call and use the broken to proclaim It. The question for the soldier is whether they are submitting to being used as a tool or a weapon? Weapons will always struggle because they are being used against their purpose. By working to listen and remain obedient to God’s call, we get to be tools for His glory! Praise Jesus!
“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” -2 Tim 2:4
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