From Pastor Haydn: GRCC Church Bulletin Devotion – On the Walls of Valour
During the past week, my family and I had a short trip to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, to see some sights. We cycled, saw the floral display of Floriade, meandered through the portrait gallery, got lost in traffic, and rolled down the slopes of Parliament House. We also visited the War Memorial. It had all manner of collections of memorabilia, including diaries, clothes, planes, and submarines. The most popular section was the Walls of Valour, where the names of countless human souls were inscribed, who had died in the service of fighting for freedom. They were decorated with endless red poppy flowers, in commemoration of their sacrifices.
The collection of memorabilia and the walls of valour demonstrated one outstanding truth: their sacrifice was not forgotten, and not in vain. I don’t (of) know anyone listed on the Walls of Valour, because I had no family member killed in the line of duty. But even that doesn’t matter: their sacrifice is what counts, and by having their name on the wall – even if they are otherwise unknown – does not diminish their significance.
As Christians, our battle every moment is against Satan and his legion of demons. In our hearts is the battle, as in the world there is a constant and concerted war between light and darkness. Jesus’ words to His disciples demonstrate that the He pre-empted this battle: If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you (John 15:18). It’s so fierce and real, that Peter writes, But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be vigilant and watchful in your prayers (1 Pet. 4:7). We’re therefore called to amputate anything in us that hates God (Col. 3:5-6, Matt 5:29), be incessant in reading God’s Word (Ps 1:2), softening our hearts toward God (Heb 3:15), meeting together as much as possible (Heb 3:13), and ending any relationships with others that cause us hindrance (2 Cor 6:17-7:1). We need to fight because the battle is real. At the end of it we too will be inscribed on God’s Walls of Valour. Revelation 3:5 writes, He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Fellow saints of Jesus Christ in the Georges River and abroad, let us keep fighting the good fight – it is not going unnoticed and will one day be permanently recorded.
The peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
Pastor Haydn Sennitt of Georges River Congregational Church.