Prove your mettle
Successful military service is framed by commitment; physical, moral, and ethical discipline; service before self; integrity; and a willingness to give your life for others. In order to become a point man in a military unit, you must first prove your mettle as a soldier.
It is no different if you desire to become a spiritual point man. Serving on point for Christ requires you to discipline yourself and show you are worthy to do the task. Each of us has the opportunity to choose to lead as a spiritual point man, setting the example as a leader who knows God’s Word and allows Christ to use him to witness to the unsaved serving in uniform.
First of all we must learn about our equipment and master how to use it. Before a paratrooper makes his first airborne jump, or a pilot solos for the first time, they both learn the basics of the equipment that will impact their success or failure. For the spiritual point man this means donning the “whole armor of God” as described in Ephesians 6.
Once we know the basics concerning the instruments of our chosen profession we must then learn to collectively apply them. In military language we often refer to this as the crawl-walk-run method. Our training programs are intentionally structured to expand upon themselves from the lowest to the highest levels. Our officer programs start with our pre-commissioning training, build during our initial basic course, and then continue to build into our staff and senior service colleges.
Crawl, walk, and run
Spiritual training occurs in the crawl-walk-run method too. As young Christians we enter into the military with no operational experience for integrating our faith into the military profession. Hopefully we will be found and mentored by biblically grounded mentors.
Under a godly mentor, a Christian officer will continue to progress and grow from the crawl to the walk stage of the military faith journey. Contact with Christian mentors, unit-level Bible studies, and strong accountability partners help to develop the emerging spiritual point man. By the middle of their careers, devoted Christians are ready to start leading their own spiritual patrols.
Still spending time in God’s Word, and being mentored (much like Christ did with His disciples in “cadre-led patrols”) they start their own patrols in the form of local Bible studies, OCF groups, and chapel activities; building upon their own experiences, leading in a godly manner.
By the time true spiritual point men reach the higher levels of military leadership they are spiritual combat veterans. At this level the experienced spiritual point man will have led his personnel through many spiritual danger zones and lived to tell about it, much like Paul’s adventures in the book of Acts.