He lived for combat. George S. Patton was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. Ambitious and flamboyant, Patton served in Mexico, Europe, and North Africa. He received world attention and official censure in 1943 for slapping a hospitalized shell-shocked soldier.
While a full general, owing to his critical public statements, Patton was relieved of his command in 1945. He died at Heidelberg, Germany, on December 21, 1945, of injuries received in an automobile accident. Movies have been made about him and books written because he was so consumed with his mission of war.
Our Savior Jesus Christ, like Patton, had a mission that he devoted His entire life to. The mission was simply this..."to seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus focused His life upon reaching the lost with the Gospel and teaching others about the love and mercy of God. This same message serves as a mission we would do well to continue today.