Our standard is our symbol of who we are.
Take the Middle Ages and the Crusades that were fought to gain control of the Holy Land. Knights Templar, and all that. Imagine the soldiers, clad in leather and armor, barely able to see in the best of circumstances, and bashing it out in the arid world of North Africa and Southwest Asia. Dust was flying, and the horizon became invisible during hours of repeated skirmishes.
After a few parries and sword thrusts, the soldiers were disoriented, unsure which way was ahead. What was the location of the enemy? They couldn’t afford to be going the wrong way.
They looked for their army’s standard, the flag lifted high on a pole that told of who they were and what they stood for. It was their rallying cry, and as long as it stood, there was hope they would win the war.
Isaiah 49:22 tells us:
“Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and you daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.”
Can we stand up and give a shout? The standard of God is Jesus Christ, given to all people, the one who carries us on his shoulders, so that we can be successful spiritual warriors for him.
Now let’s ask ourselves the bigger question: What is our personal standard? What flag waves over our head, telling who we are and what we stand for? Does it show an image of the cross, symbolizing our salvation? Are our wedding rings there, letting the world see that marital fidelity is important to us? Are our churches seen, woven into our flag with our weekly attendance and financial support? How about our children? Does the world see the time we spend with them every day?
We have a standard, whether we want to think we do or not. It’s up there, flapping in the breeze, and it’s in clear view to the world. We can’t take it down. We can’t lock our doors and expect to be invisible. If we do, that becomes our standard. The world sees us as we are.
So, what are we? Christians, living for the Lord? If so, let’s make sure our standard shows that. It will be our rallying cry, drawing our Christian brothers to our side, so that together the battle will be ours.
The only winning combination is to be teamed with Christ, mind, body, and soul.
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