Veterans Day: Thanking Military Veterans and Kingdom Veterans
Soon America will celebrate Veterans Day. Millions of Americans will graciously give thanks to our military veterans at home and abroad. Of all the professions to choose from, they chose to serve.
But they’re not the only ones who serve. They’re not the only ones at war.
This Veterans Day, another side of life is working in us and around us. This side of life is can be hard to understand, even harder to explain, and impossible to prove.
But it’s there. The spiritual side.
A spiritual battle raged long before our military veterans fought against genocide in the Third Reich, communism in the Cold War, and terrorists in the Long War.
Pride swelled in the hearts of angels before the fall of man, and we have paid the price for the wrongful use of free will.
This Veterans Day we honor those who counted the cost before putting on the uniform.
There are others who have counted the cost before joining something bigger than themselves:
Kingdom veterans: those who not only receive the truth of God’s revelation, but live according to His will
A military veteran need only join a service to earn the title of veteran. The act of joining a service guarantees a life of sacrifice.
But a Kingdom veteran is different.
One can easily accept the truth of God’s word without living according to His will, hardly a sacrifice worthy of honor and respect.
A Kingdom veteran doesn’t just believe it. They live it. They share it with others.
That is a life worthy of honor.
A Kingdom Veteran displays certain qualities:
Strangers often seek out military veterans and thank them for their service.
I seek out Kingdom veterans and thank them for their service. I’m thankful for:
- Children’s ministry volunteers who strive to make an impact, knowing there is no greater impact than a parent’s example. They live 1 Corinthians 10:31:
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (NIV)
- People behind the scenes who work knowing their rewards and recognition will come at another time, and in another place. They are living Hebrews 6:10:
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (NIV)
Church leaders who bear the problems of the many and find thanks from the few, yet keep coming back, living Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (NIV)
- Ministry outreach evangelists who have committed their lives to sharing the truth of God’s word to a skeptical generation. They are living the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (NIV)
I’m thankful for our military veterans.
I’m also thankful for our Kingdom veterans.
My God grant them victories in the battles to come.
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About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.