Navy SEALs have made quite the splash in news in recent years. This elite and often secretive organization produces arguably some of the best warriors in the world, and it begins with their training and mindset. The title of Navy SEAL is not a profession – it’s a calling, an identity – and they take it seriously. Day in and day out, their training, identity, and perspective shape their decisions and actions. No matter what they are doing, they are SEALs. They work as a team, live by a code, and are always ready.
So it should be with the body of Christ. We are not believers in name only. It should be our identity. We should know how to work with our team and our role in it. It should define our perspectives, actions, and decisions. Even more than these elite warriors, believers must treat every day as a war. SEALs save physical lives. Believers know the answer to eternal life, and we must greet every day armed and ready to share that answer and fight for others. But we can only do this if we are grounded in our identity as weekday warriors.
1. A weekday warrior follows the Commander and Chief
SEALs are different from some branches of the military in that they operate more as a team of individual parts rather than as a unit only carrying out orders. But SEAL teams must still respond to their Commander and Chief. They know their ultimate authority, and they use their natural abilities and training to carry out their tasks. 2 Timothy 2:4 says, “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” As believers, we have to know who our marching orders are from and who we are ultimately following so that we don’t get entangled in the things life throws our way. A warrior knows that they operate best when they follow the commander. Thankfully, we have a Commander who wants our best and His glory. He fights for us (Exodus 14:14). We can trust that His commands are good.
2. A weekday warrior works with a team.
A defining quality of the SEAL community is that they work as a team. They operate better together. They all receive the same base training but each man comes to the table with different skills and abilities. In the midst of a battle, it is imperative that they know the skills of the other and can rely and trust each man to fight with them, beside them, and at their back. Likewise, as believers we have been given a team of other believers – the body of Christ. We must make sure we equip ourselves and then belong to a local church so that we can add our gifts and talents to the team for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. Romans 12:5 says, “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” No matter the different direction our days may take, we must remember that we belong to a team and we wage war against the enemy best when we do it together.
3. A weekday warrior leads those under him.
All soldiers lead someone. Whether it is someone of lower rank, someone in training, or someone outside of their team, a warrior knows how to follow and when to lead. Likewise, as believers, someone is always watching and following our lead. We are called to train up those following us so that they can be the best warriors for the kingdom. 2 Timothy 2:2 says, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” SEALs go through rigorous training taught by others who have gone through it and can now teach. You have walked through life events and growth with the Lord that positions you to teach others. Teach them how to follow. Teach them how to be part of a team. Teach them how to lead, so that they can lead others.
“The only easy day was yesterday” is a common mantra in the SEAL community. They know that each day requires hard work, harder than the previous day so that they are prepared for any circumstance. As believers, we can rest knowing that we have a God who wages war for us. The war is won, but we still have to go into battle every day for our own relationship with the Lord and for the lives of those who still need to hear about Jesus. We do not wrestle with flesh and blood but with spiritual forces who want to discredit our God to a watching world. The only easy day was yesterday, but one day Jesus is going to come again, the war will end, and there will be no more tough days. In the meantime, let’s fight to take as many with us as we can to that everlasting peace.