HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he makes an analogy between a soldier and a follower of Jesus Christ. There are many similarities. soldiers have focus, discipline, and purpose. They undergo rigorous training in order to be prepared for battle. Soldiers dutifully obey their commanding officer instead of being distracted by civilian matters.
As Christians, we can focus by fixing our eyes on Jesus. The world should not entrap or entangle us, causing us to negate our first priority-an active, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Of course, this does not mean that we cannot seek jobs or have worldly interests. But if our relationship with Christ tops our heart’s list, then everything else will be placed in proper perspective!
Our commanding officer is Jesus Christ. Our desire should be to please Him. Colossians 3:23 reminds us of the following: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” May our hearts desire that we become good soldiers human masters.” May our hearts desire that we become good soldiers for Jesus Christ!
Dear Lord, I want to be a good soldier for You. Help me keep my eyes on You and desire to please You above anything else. Amen.