During my quiet time, earlier this week I was reading in Elisabeth Elliot’s Book, “Discipline” and 2 Timothy 2:4 was part of the lesson that day. Let me just say, WOW….did it get my attention!
2 Timothy 2:4 says, ” And as Christ’s solider, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you into His army.”
Y’all I was stunned! Speechless! Literally, felt my mouth fall open. I honestly am not sure I have ever read this scripture before but I am instantly IN LOVE with it! And here is why.
It is so ridiculously easy to get wrapped up in our own agendas, plans, desires, dreams, etc. We focus so much on the things of this world. The things this world puts such great value on. And when we do this, it turns our focus away from what REALLY matters. I am so extremely guilty of living my life this way in the past. I was focused on the money I wanted to make, the rank I desired, my wish for “my name” to be known! All the “things”! And, I’ll be completely honest, those were ALL the wrong things!
God created me for HIS purpose! And he created you for His purpose too! If our purpose isn’t wrapped up in HIM and only him, we are not living up to be the soldiers we were created to be! My name doesn’t matter! It is my duty to help His name be the one that is famous and well known!
Now, I am married to an Air Force Soldier. I understand a little bit about the commitment being a soldier requires but I have NEVER thought, not once, of myself as a soldier, let alone Christ’s Soldier! But God in his amazing way, shook my world and changed the way I see myself when I read these words. I literally felt like standing up and saluting as I let this reality sink in. I am a soldier in Christ’s army. But if I truly want be able to fulfill my role, I must be blinded to the things and ways of this world, so I can hear the orders of my Commanding officer.
I am ready to walk that path! I am ready to stand tall in those shoes, trusting that I am worthy to answer that call, because God created me with all I need to do my part as HIS soldier! Will it be easy to keep from getting distracted by all the “shiny” objects this world makes seem so enticing? No, but I believe with every fiber of my soul, that if I “Report for Duty” every morning, Christ will help my focus remain on the duty HE is calling me to fulfill!
So, this is me, working to make progress every day, reporting for duty with an open mind and trusting heart to fight for Christ!