Military life often means sacrificing privacy. Between living on a base, sharing close quarters during deployments, and eating in crowded mess halls, personal space can become scarce. Under these conditions, it’s almost impossible to hide what’s really going on in your life.
“For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Acts 2:15–21, NKJV).
Togetherness can have its advantages though. After all, it affords plenty of opportunities to practice your faith in full view of others. When you’re following Jesus instead of living like everyone else, those around you will naturally take notice. From time to time, someone might confront you or ask questions about your faith. That gives you an opening to provide a sincere and gracious explanation.
On the Day of Pentecost, mockers falsely accused the disciples of being drunk. Peter took time to share, based on the Scriptures, what was happening. Peter’s message that day led 3,000 people to accept Jesus as Lord. Wherever you find yourself, ask God to help you point others to Him through your example and words.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.