“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” Ronald Regan
Semper Fidelis distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork—it is a brotherhood that can always be counted on. Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what. Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps. In addition to Semper Fidelis, Marine Corps Officers also embrace the phrase Ductos Exemplo, “to lead by example.” (From the Marine Corp. Handbook)
That’s great for Marines but what about me? What about this? Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference . Disciples of Christ don’t have that problem.
It’s not very often but i do sometimes wonder if i have or am making a difference. Within moments the Holy spirit reveals a name or a circumstance where i have done just that. But in this society there is an attitude of what have you done for me lately that invades my confidence.
What does the word have to say about making a difference? i know it may be hard to believe but Jude 1 came to mind. Yes Jude who was the brother of James. Jude is one of the shortest books in the entire Bible being only 25 verses.
Jude 1:3-4 Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. Jude says that this is really the most important thing on my plate at this time. There have been those moments in my life where i dropped everything to get something done. i don’t remember any of those somethings being about my life of salvation?
Jude says, “I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to you as a gift to guard and cherish.”
Jude’s purpose in this letter was twofold. First he wanted to expose the false teachers that had infiltrated the Christian community, and secondly he wanted to encourage me to stand firm in the faith and fight for the truth. Jude recognized that false teachers were going unnoticed by the faithful, so he wrote to awaken the awareness of the believers by describing in detail how terrible false teachers actually were. More than simply raising awareness, Jude thought it important that i as a disciple should stand against those working against Jesus Christ. Disciples do this by remembering the teaching of the apostles, building each other up in the faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, and keeping themselves in the love of God (Jude 1:17, 20–21).
Fight for the truth! Stand up against error! The book of Jude is filled with short commands and statements that pop off the page one after another. But in this day and age, commands and statements of this kind are unacceptable. Many reject the forcefulness of Jude, the general population preferring a softer and gentler side of the Christian faith. But Jude reminds me that there is a time and a place for the aggressive protection of the truth from those who would seek to tear it down.
The book of Jude guides Disciples to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to Christ, no matter what. Becoming a Disciple is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fidelis is a permanent reminder of that. Once made, a Disciple will forever live by the ethics and values of the Word. In addition to Semper Fidelis, Disciples also embrace the phrase Ductos Exemplo, “to lead by example.”