In the Armed Forces of the United States of America, there are classes of elite soldiers known as Army Rangers, Green Berets, and Navy SEALs. Similarly in the Church of Jesus Christ there are those who serve in The Kingdom of God Special Forces. There are four qualities that characterize those who serve in the Special Forces of the Kingdom of God.
Committed & Obedient to the Commander-in-Chief
2 Timothy 2:3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the affairs of everyday life—he wants to please his commanding officer (the one who chose and enlisted him).
These soldiers endure hardship as the warrior elite of the Kingdom of God. They live in the world and thus must look after their earthly needs and matters just like everyone else. But they are not entangled in the affairs of this life such that they have little time or strength or concentration for Kingdom matters. Their preoccupation is fighting the battles of the Kingdom. In this way they are highly committed to Jesus Christ and their highest priority is to please Him with sacrificial obedience. As Special Forces, they are nameless and faceless; they do not look like superstar celebrity preachers.
Disciplined to be godly and holy
1 Timothy 4:7 …Discipline yourself (exercise yourself or train yourself) to be godly.
1 Corinthians 9:27 …I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Those in Kingdom of God Special Forces have overcome their sin nature and the works of their flesh through self-discipline, spiritual exercise, and training. They take authority over their flesh in Jesus’ name and force it to submit to them as their slave. Therefore while they fight the battles of the Kingdom, they themselves walk in holiness. Unlike many others, they do not seek after earthly comfort and riches or celebrity. They are nameless and faceless in the world.
Highly-trained with the word of God for warfare
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Special Forces warriors are highly trained to handle the word of God correctly. They do not pervert Scripture for financial gain or to fit their personal experience or doctrine. Their beliefs and practices are based on that which is strongly supported in Scripture, and not on solitary references which are not backed up by actual practice as recorded in Scripture.
Well-equipped for battle & to fulfill the Great Commission
Luke 9:1 Then Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:9 “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.'”
Finally, Special Forces are equipped with state-of-the-art weapons for defeating the enemy. As believers, they have been given power and authority by Jesus Christ over diseases and demons. They are trained to use this power effectively and consistently to heal the sick miraculously to demonstrate to the lost that their God is the only true God and that Jesus Christ is the only way to Him. Special Forces are trained and equipped to accomplish the mission for which they have been sent out—the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
May the Lord raise up many believers who will be trained and serve the Kingdom of God in Special Forces.
Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.