A Christian Soldier

A Christian Soldier

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Sabine Baring-Gould had a brilliant mind. Born on this day in 1834 in Exeter, England, he mastered six languages, became an author, archaeologist, architect, artist, teacher, and folk song collector. He also was a full-time minister.

In 1865, the school at the church where he was pastor planned to join with the school in a neighboring village. He wanted his children to sing while marching, but could not think of “anything quite suitable.” He sat up that night and composed a hymn called “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”

He pictured the Christian life as a battle. Like soldiers, we should march as to war, “with the cross of Jesus going on before.” We are imitating the leading of Jesus, our “royal Master.” He saw the church as “a mighty army” that was following in the footsteps of saints who had lived before. “We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.” He knew that “Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane” but the church would remain. The gates of hell never can prevail because “we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.”

Remember you, too, are a soldier in God’s army, fighting a non-stop spiritual war. Do your part to win the battle by serving God with all your time, talents, and treasures. With God on your side, you can be confident of victory! Be bold and go into battle today.