Endure hardship like a good soldier…

There are many who are interested in the cause of Christ, and who are pleased to see it prosper in their corps, their church, their city, their country. But there are few who bear the burden of the world upon their souls day and night, who make His cause in every clime their very own, and who, like Eli, would die if the ark of God were taken; who feel it an awful shame and a consuming sorrow, if victory is not continually won in His name.

– Samuel Logan Brengle
I suppose I’m going through a season of ‘awful shame and a consuming sorrow’ because there are many parts of our corps life where we are seeing much less than ‘victory…continually won in His name.’ And, I suppose I got to the point where I could not carry the burden alone much longer and had to share it.

Right now, I’m on compassionate leave. That alone dissappoints me, but it is necessary for the moment. Suppose you could say I’m almost consumed to the point of despair but yet the Lord is sufficient. I’m not about to get into details of what is defeating our corps right now, but just going to say that this officer’s heart and motivation is sorely troubled. Yet, we don’t lose hope.

Confident that the Lord will do His will over these next, few weeks of leave and that he’ll refresh, invigorate, restore, renew, revitalise, regenerate…all those things, not just for us, but for our corps too.

I was reading scripture today, and I’ve been assured that its all going according to plan…don’t ask me the plan, its not for me to know! Its a difficult plan, but the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

Our call is to endure hardness like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. That is what we do.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

4 thoughts on “Endure hardship like a good soldier…

  1. I’m glad you are still blogging. As always, your words are from the heart, challenging and true. My heart is troubled too and my commitment to Christ’s cause, less than it should be. But he has the victory already and we must stand firm and fight on (not my strong point!!) I continue to prayer for you and your family, that God will give back all that has been taken from you in these past months, and more.

  2. Ministry is not easy when you are passionate about it. Sounds strange but you often find yourself asking “why doesnt everyone else get this?” Having come through a period of darkness I have a little understanding of where you might be at. I also had to have compassioante leave and felt very very guilty about it – however if I hadnt have I would have had to give up ministry alltogether.Take the time you need to rest and recover and draw strength from others around you. God Bless you and I will pray for you.Glenda

  3. andrew – we have been where you have been a few times in recent years, and know when you are seeking to lead your people in spiritual renewal how much that takes out of you and some of the rubbish that comes along. anything we can do or be, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are now blogging to – taking your lead – being-The-Light.blogspot.com. Our love and prayers – sue and ian (ashford

  4. Hi AndrewI find that either I’m frustrated with my own level of dedication or that of my corps. I guess if we really are seeking to fulfill God’s purposes, we will never be satisfied. But it takes it’s toll.I pray God will restore you in this period of rest. Thanks for the challenge and encouragement you bring. Keep blogging.

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