Within my tenure as a minister, I have had the honor of seeing several young men enlist in the military. This past Sunday, our church honored a young man who is now experiencing basic training at Parris Island. When he emerges from the experience, he will be thinner. Sharper. More sober. Equipped. He will be a Marine.
Don’t we want our soldiers to be well-equipped? Don’t we want them to understand how to fight and the correct procedures for securing peace in any situation? These skills will require a season of testing. They will be require training. Basic training, to be exact.
I Timothy 4:8 (NLT) says, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” Training, by definition, will require testing. The process is a crucible of sorts that heats up the consistency of who we are . . . and changes our physical state. From solid to liquid, certain things that were once stationary within us will now float to the top. They could never be removed without the heat. They could never surface without the testing. Training brings liquidity, and therefore the possibility for movement, to that which is static within us.
So today, I remember my friend who is in training and I remember that I am also in my own boot camp. Today, may I face the training that is necessary to equip me for battle.
What about you?