by Steve Wagers

It's More than Just a Uniform
Steve N. Wagers
II Timothy 2:1-4
May 25, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Courage we must Exhibit!
A) We Stand in Grace
B) We Serve by Grace
2. The Conflict we must Expect!
A) Immense Troubles
B) Intense Trials
3. The Cost we must Examine!
A) The Pursuit that Demands our Focus
B) The Prize that Defines our Focus

After WWI, there were 36 certain heroes of war, in a German hospital, that were visited by Prince Albert. He wanted to thank them for their sacrifice for their country. He had seen 35 of those men, and they began to leave. Prince Albert said, "I came to see 36 and 36 I want to see." They begged their Majesty not to see the final man because of his grave condition. But, Prince Albert demanded to see him.

They led him down a long, dark corridor to a room isolated from the rest of the hospital. They opened the door, and Prince Albert looked and saw a broken, battered, bloodied stub of a man. With no thought of himself, Prince Albert went across the room, threw himself across the soldier and began to weep.

With hot tears rolling down his cheeks, he kissed the soldier on the head and thanked him for his sacrifice/service to his country.

Memorial Day is a day where we reflect, recall, and remember the sacrifice that has been made by thousands upon thousands. Truly, they deserve an attitude of gratitude for the blood that has been shed, the battles that have been fought, and the lives that have been lost.

The words of Helen Keller are fitting, "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble...for the world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker."

As one reads the writings of the apostle Paul, it is easy to see that he looked at the Christian life not from the standpoint of a frolic, but of a fight. To Paul, the life of a ...

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