You know how the recruiting sergeant makes a soldier?
It is not by asking the man to give him something, but by getting him to take the Queen’s shilling.
Take Christ “that is God’s enlisting money” and you are enlisted. Do not bring anything, but take the water of life freely. If you will trust the Lord Jesus, and take him to be your salvation, you are then enlisted as a soldier of Jesus. Oh, may you have grace to do that!
But recollect, all soldiers have to fight. One of the first things you will have to do, if you become a Christian, is to carry a cross. Ah! But you do not like it. “His yoke is easy, and his burden is light;” take it upon you: and yet to carnal shoulders the cross is very galling, and nothing but grace can make it light.
You will have to give up your sins; you will have to give up your empty pleasures; you will have henceforth to bear witness for Christ before a crooked and perverse generation. Do not think to be Christ’s soldier, and yet not wear his livery. No, you must put on his regimentals ; you must wear his crest ” his crest is the cross ; you must take his shield, the shield of faith; and his sword, which is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and resting alone on him, depending alone upon his merit, you shall certainly win the victory.
Written by C. H. Spurgeon