“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life.” (II Tim. 2:4)
The picture here of ENTANGLEMENT is that of a soldier who goes to draw his sword but gets it caught in his robe.
QUESTION: “Are you a soldier of Christ who is available on His terms for spiritual battle?” Or are you ENTANGLED? Christ expects us to be INVOLVED in life’s affairs. Not ENTANGLED.
Writing in a Roman setting, Paul knew that all soldiers were characterized in two ways:
(1) They were immediately available at the call of their commander:
- If Christ called you today to move to Bolivia, would you be available to go?
– Are you debt free? Un-entangled with contracts?
– Are you free enough emotionally to break the bonds and go?
- If Christ called you today to drop what you were doing for a few hours to touch someone…would you be available?
Picture in your mind the contrast between:
- Peter and the other fisherman who, upon Christ’s request immediately left their boats (business) and family members to follow Him. (Matt. 4:19, 20)
- The men in Luke 9 whom Christ called. They responded with a “Yes” alright, yet with this qualifier: “BUT FIRST LET US” check out our investments and take care of family needs. (Lk. 9:57 – 62)
(2) They assumed they would suffer in the carrying out of their commander’s cause:
“Suffer hardship…as a true soldier of Jesus Christ.” (II Tim. 2:3, ASV, TCNT)
Tertillian, a Christian scholar of another age put it this way: “No soldier comes to the war surrounded by luxuries, nor goes into action from a comfortable bedroom, but from the makeshift and narrow tent, where every kind of hardness and severity and unpleasantness is to be found.”
Are you involved, yet AVAILABLE…or are you unavailable because you are so ENTANGLED?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!