Thursday, January 31, 2013
3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:3-4
I never been a soldier in the armed forces. I know several who have and pray for those who are serving now. When this verse came up in my daily devo, I had to pause and do further study. I also needed to write.
Endure hardship like a good soldier. A soldier is focused on their job. They know their life and the lives of their fellow soldiers depend on it. Their thoughts are consumed with what they need to do for their commanding officer. Being a soldier isn’t always their first choice of service in life. They usually have dreams and desires they gave up to be the soldier. Or have plans when the service is done.
Being called into service for my commanding officer, Jesus, is a never ending post. Towards the beginning of December last year, I struggled a lot with the things I needed to do to fulfill the duties of a soldier and the things I wanted to do as a civilian. Fortunately, the soldier duties won out most of the time.
As I struggled and prayed. I knew full well my civilian desires were very selfish. I had asked to be submerged in God’s word, yet bulked the idea when it interfered in my planned down time. I did what I needed to do, however my attitude wasn’t the best at times. I was a soldier getting involved in civilian affairs. In another version it says ‘gets entangled’. This gave me a vision of stepping in thick mud, heavy snow or a spider’s web. It makes the going rough.
It helped me to grasp and cling to God’s view. I wanted my way, not God’s way. I humbled myself to give up what I wanted/planned. I had developed an ideal of how I thought things should go – a healthy body to go on missions trips. A ease in counseling training so that I could counsel women. An opportunity to read the books I wanted to read. A time to watch movies and work on projects I deemed important. A clean and organized home.
Ok, that last one does fall into what God has planned, yet not in a way that it becomes a idol or a time in which I make it a higher priority to the people God has called me to love.
I need to free my feet of entanglements to fully step into being the soldier He has called me to be; to bring Him glory and to please Him. Fortunately, He doesn’t treat me roughly, but will help me give up me and fight in Him.