My first general order, part 2
As I was marinating on my thoughts for Pit Time this week, I recognized both our Army and Biblical general orders have two distinct parts.
Army - “Drill Sergeant, my first general order is ‘I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.’ Drill Sergeant.”
Biblical - And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 22:37-39
The first part of each order speaks to the requirements of the job we are given and the second part of each is about our willingness to stay the course until the job is done. Let me explain:
Last week, we looked at the first part of general order one in detail, so I won't dig into that any further. However, I do want to show the parallel between guarding our post and loving the Lord with all we are! To guard your post means you put the needs of the post above your own wants. In the same way, when we agree to love the Lord God with all our hearts, souls and minds, we are agreeing to put the needs of the Lord God above any personal desire we may have. As a result, over time, there have been many martyrs for our country and for the Lord God. This is what service above self really looks like.
In order for us to walk out the second part of general order one, we must live out the first part. To see a plan through to completion means we accept the assignment and are committed to it. To love yourself or others without loving God is impossible. We can enjoy people, we can enjoy ourselves, we can be entertained and experience a full range of emotions but without God real love is really impossible.
According to Barnabas Ministries, there are two main verbs in the Greek New Testament that are normally translated “love:” agapao (agapaw), phileo (filew).In verses 37 and 39 of Matthew 22, the same Greek verb is used for love agapeo. This word agapeo demonstrates a love that is shown or proven. It is a love that we long for, desire, place first in one’s affections. This is no ordinary love. It is not an emotional state. It is a love requiring our availability and desire. In other words, it is a love that we can only give after we have received it.
During your personal Pit Time today, take some time to think about the ways you are receiving love from God and giving it to others. God’s love is the irreplaceable foundation by which all our general orders are formed.