God knew you before anyone else had an opinion
Today’s Scripture: 2 Timothy 2
2 Timothy 2: 4 hits the nail right on the head, “No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of civilian life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him”.
1 Corinthians 9:25 also says that everyone that strives for mastery is temperate in all things; this means that such an individual restricts himself (to receive a crown of eternal blessedness that cannot wither).
The first time I understood 2 Timothy2:4, I wondered and wondered at my own life. It is very, very easy to call myself a soldier of Christ, but am I really living as one? Or as a mere civilian who aims to satisfy the world and opinions of others? These questions were flying in and around my head, and I want them to fly around yours too.
When Paul attested that all things were lawful for him, but not all things were expedient, what do you think he meant? Is that the same for you? Yes, maybe it is lawful for you to alter your gender or get involved in a same-sex relationship, but is it expedient? Does your service to God permit that? See that quote above? God knew you before anyone else had an opinion. So, yes, maybe the government says it is legal to engage in such, or whatever else it may be, but dear Believer, does your creator say so too?
Paul said he disciplined his body. He did not want to preach to others, tell them what they should or should not do, and then fail to do it himself. He knew he could not develop his potential without bringing his body, mind and emotions under control. Paul was running the race to win! Are you also running your race to win? You know, the crowned soldier is the one who wars lawfully, fairly, and according to the rules laid down. Is Christ your standard as a believer, or are you presently entangled in the cares of the world?
Action Point: Examine your life at the moment and determine to be a true, uncompromising soldier of Christ.