April 28th, 2021 – Very Early Wednesday Morning
“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” ~2 Timothy 2:4
Are you a soldier in the army of the LORD? Is your identity in Christ Jesus? Have you been adopted by the Father through the Son? If so, you are now a soldier and slave of the King of Kings. Don’t let those two terms conjure up visions of gore and torture. No, to be a soldier of Christ is to be a victorious spiritual warrior, not one who is physically violent or destructive. To be His slave is to be yoked with Him and under His authority, but also more free and loved than ever before. These terms for the believer are glorious and holy identifiers that carry with them the reminder that Jesus is King and Master and that following Him entails real danger and cost.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at the verse above… Remember the immediately preceding passage and the exhortations to be strong in Jesus’ grace, to be a disciple-maker, and to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Paul’s encouragement and instruction to Timothy there reveals the prior claim that God has placed on the lives of those who have found rescue, redemption, and hope in Christ. It is no different here as Paul gives the example of an active duty soldier being focused on his responsibility; followers of Christ ought to be focused on Jesus and His work, not distracted by the cares, worries, and busyness of this life.
So… Are you entangled with the affairs of this life? Is your focus clouded by things that are not part of our mission objective? Is Jesus’ kingdom secondary to this life’s demands? My friend, if you are a soldier in the Lord’s army, then He is your Captain; if you have been purchased with the blood of the Lamb, then His wish is your command.
Let us no longer march to the tune of any other drummer or give our precious time, energy, and gifts to what is not a part of our King’s affairs. He gives the grace and strength we need for each moment through the power of His indwelling Spirit and we have but to be obedient and true to His cause.