From the Foxhole to the Pulpit: Be All That You Can Be

From the Foxhole to the Pulpit
           
Previously, I wrote about my Oath of Enlistment into the U.S. Army. I used this experience in comparison to the events leading up to receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The reminder is that periodically, all of us need to recall our conversion and perhaps to even write it down. In doing so, we may remember details that are worth remembering and acting upon. It also keeps fresh within our mind, the testimony we have in Christ and emphasizes our need to share it with others. Prior to my enlistment there was a slogan that drew my attention and turned my gaze towards entering not only the military, but specifically, the Army.  
 
Be All That You Can Be

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29 (NKJV).

Throughout the years the United States Army, as well as all other armed forces, have used many recruitment slogans. These were designed to encourage the populace to enlist in a particular branch of service by emphasizing their uniqueness and leaving a lasting impression in the minds of the possible new recruits. One of the most successful slogans for the United States Army, and the one that I enlisted under, is the slogan; Be All That You Can Be. The use of this slogan began in 1980 and lasted approximately twenty years, changing to Army of One in 2001. This particular slogan is considered by many, myself included, to be not only the most popular but the most effective slogan the Army has used. Be All That You Can Be.
           
The implication is that one could join an entity, in this case the Army, which will in turn assist one in becoming a better version of you. Be All That You Can Be. In my mid-teens, I found myself ready to enlist on the spot. However, they were not accepting applications for young men, fourteen to fifteen years of age at the time. I would bide my time for a few more years.
           
There is an immediate spiritual application here as suggested in Romans 8:29, printed at the beginning of this blog. When one is called by God to be a member of His family and to serve in the Lord’s Army, then through the process of sanctification we are being changed, transformed into the likeness of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus. This is a promise and a certainty of Scripture. It will not be accomplished in our power or through our ability, rather by the Spirit of God in us. Be All That You Can Be is ultimately realized in Christ. And this realization begins with the Oath of Enlistment in the Army of our Lord.

My encouragement for all who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus is to live in accordance with the Word of God, in cooperation with the Spirit of God and to...

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