ANZAC DAY

It’s that time of the year where we commemorate the lives of our fallen soldiers, their great sacrifices and the price they paid so that the next generations can have a peaceful future.

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service.

The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

This reminds me of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ! How He left His place in Heaven to enter our world to become our servant. He was also obedient to God, even to death on the cross (Philippians 2:8). He trained up 12 disciples (which later became 11) and He later told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15 NLT)

As Christians we are called to be aSalt-and-Light-SermonSeries

Therefore, BE BOLD AND COURAGEOUS in sharing about the Good News to the people around you! 🙂

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

(Josua 1:9 NIV)

Today’s devotion by Bill Crowder taken from: http://odb.org/2015/11/16/shared-struggles/

April 25, 2015, marked the 100th commemoration of Anzac Day. It is celebrated each year by both Australia and New Zealand to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought together during World War I. It marks a time when neither country had to face the dangers of war alone; soldiers from both countries engaged in the struggle together.

Sharing life’s struggles is fundamental to the way followers of Christ are called to live. As Paul challenged us, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2 nlt). By working together through life’s challenges we can help to strengthen and support one another when times are hard. By expressing toward one another the care and affections of Christ, the difficulties of life should draw us to Christ and to each other—not isolate us in our suffering.

By sharing in the struggles of another, we are modeling the love of Christ. We read in Isaiah, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4 nkjv). No matter how great the struggle we face, we never face it alone. 🙂

Thank You, Father, that I don’t have to walk my life’s journey alone. You are near.

Read more about the nearness of God in The Lord Is My Shepherd at discoveryseries.org/hp952

We can go a lot further together than we can alone. Amen? 🙂 

INSIGHT:

In Galatians 6:2 Paul instructs the Galatian believers to carry each other’s burdens. However, in verse 5 Paul says that each person should carry his own load. In the case of carrying each other’s burdens, we are to do so in the context of someone caught in sin (v. 1). However, in the case of carrying our own load, it is so that we do not compare ourselves to others and become unduly disheartened by our progress (or lack of it).

 

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

ANZAC Day information taken from: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day/

More on ANZAC Day: http://www.army.gov.au/our-history/traditions/anzac-day 

 

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