Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:3-4
In this passage, Paul is giving Timothy a few great illustrations for what faithfulness looks like. The first illustration is about a soldier. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 that we are engaged in a spiritual war against the rulers, authorities, and against the spiritual forces of evil. Just like our country's great military, we are trained, prepared, and given the weapons to carry out the mission set before us. Again, just like any great military, effective service in 'The Army of Christ' calls for singleness of purpose. That means in order to carry out what God has commissioned us to do, we need to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Everyone in the 'The Army of Christ' has been commissioned with what we call the great commission in Matthew 28:19 - to go and make disciples of all nations. On the same note, God has given all of us in the body of Christ a different talent and function within Christ's Army (1 Corinthians 12). For example, not everyone is a combat medic and not everyone is a fighter pilot. So, if you do not know what your talent and function is within the body, pray about it and take that step of joining one of the many teams we have in our church, you might have a gifting that you didn't know was there.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given me a great mission in my life to fulfill. Forgive me for the time that I may have wasted getting caught up in civilian affairs and not keeping that singleness of purpose mindset. Give me opportunities today to fulfill that mission. Also, give me clarity for what my gifting is in Your Army and what my function is in the Army of Christ. In Jesus’ awesome and powerful name, amen.
Jon Rajchel, Connect Students Leader + Production Team / White Oak Campus