Entangled.Just as the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer persevere and focus on the job before them, so must we Christians not become immersed in the world, but rather focus on our God-given purpose here on this earth. After all, we should not live as others who have no hope, but rather should go forth rejoicing, as we labor for the Lord.
3 You therefore must endure
hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare
entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him
who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in
athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6
The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7
Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all
2 Timothy 2:3-7, NKJV
In Ecclesiastes 1:9 Solomon proclaimed, There is nothing new under the sun! No wonder we find the Bible so relevant to our daily lives. Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2, calling him to not be entangled with the affairs of life, giving three examples for us to consider.
Just as the soldier is not allowed to become embroiled with the affairs of life, so we, as soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must not allow the world to consume us. Our focus needs to remain constantly on our service to God and the war that we fight against Satan and his spirits of darkness. As a Christian, our goal is to please Christ who gave His life to redeem us.
I have always been a great fan of the Olympics, and I love the fact that we no longer have to wait four years between events. I love the figure skating in the winter Olympics and the gymnastic competitions in the summer Olympics. Each time a whole new set of athletes appear, often having been training since they were toddlers. Their grace and competence exemplifies their dedication to the sport, when for just a few minutes, they stun the world with their grace and beauty. Yet, what happens to those who have difficulty focusing in such a large arena of spectators? Sports require both things, training and focus.
Living in Iowa, this is an example I can truly understand. In the springtime I see the planters out from early morning until sunset getting the seed into the ground. Throughout the summer the farmers cultivate the crops, nurturing them until they reach full maturity. Then in the fall, it is time for the harvest; farmers in this area often work through the night getting the crops out, being the first ones to partake of their crops and gain the reward of the fruits of their labor.
What is the final lesson for us? Just as the soldier, the athlete, and the farmer persevere and focus on the job before them, so must we Christians not become entangled in the world, but rather focus on our God-given purpose here on this earth. After all, we should not live as others who have no hope, but rather should go forth rejoicing, as we labor for the Lord.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Psalm 126:6, KJV