3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. - 2 Tim 2:3-4
This passage drowned out all other passages this week during my studies. I could not stop thinking about the implications of being a “good soldier of Christ Jesus.” As verse 4 says, a good soldier will not be concerned with “civilian pursuits.” The aim of a soldier is to fulfill his duty from his commander. The fact that Paul describes Christians as “soldiers” also reminds me that we are at war (i.e. spiritually). What should we expect from war? We certainly cannot expect prosperity or comfort. War is devastating and demands many sacrifices. The expectations of Christians should be to suffer for as long as we are at war.
The evil forces in this world are relentless and will stop at nothing. Christians should be ready for their attacks by putting on the whole armor of God. First of all, we must accept the fact that we are at war in order to be prepared for war. Secondly, we must be completely dedicated to our God-given mission. Thirdly, we must fight the war with the spiritual weapons God has given us. If we do not accept that there is a war, then the enemy will have no resistance. Christians who are not dedicated to their God-given mission will abandon the battle field. Lastly, if we do not fight with the weapons of God then the enemy will destroy us.
Christians must fight the good fight! But we should not forget that we already have the victory in Christ. Our mission should be to go into the world to save prisoners of war that are bound by their sin to bring them into the fold of God.