Today’s Reading | 2 Timothy 2:1-13
What was Paul intending to communicate by writing that soldiers do not get involved in civilian pursuits? The answer will help us stay the course and prevent us from becoming sidetracked in the ministry God has given us. The first notable phrase in this section is found in verse four, “no soldier.” The implication is that we are serving as soldiers and not home on leave, resting. Paul wants us to remember that we are in battle and we can’t take time off. In light of that, we must not get caught up in “civilian pursuits.” We are at war and we can’t be preoccupied by something else. We are serving as soldiers. We can’t strive for good marks in order to pursue a career which may blind us to the ministry opportunities God gives to us. We are at war, and we must make sure that we do not get involved in things that divert our time, energy, and money from our tasks as soldiers. We must be able to give full attention to our service to God. What “civilian” things have you gotten caught up with? How can you become a good soldier again? Remember, we are at war with a fierce enemy! Do not allow yourself to become distracted.
What kind of “civilian pursuits” do you struggle with?
Why is it difficult to not become entangled in them?
What steps can you take to avoid apathy in spiritual warfare?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?