Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
Passage: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Soldiers in the United States military take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. They pledge themselves to be obedient to the directives of their commanding officers. That commitment is not easy. It generally means they will have to move to a new base every few years and it often means going on long term deployments when they will be separated from their families. However, they do it willingly, because they want to give their best and in their training, they come to realize that their lives and the lives of others depend on them adhering to their oath.
A soldier has a call to prioritize his or her military service and a disciple of Jesus has a call to prioritize the Kingdom of God. The call doesn’t mean neglecting family, for family is the first place to relay the gospel. The call to prioritize involves making sure we live out the gospel in our home and community. It means we will be faithful to use our gifts in service to Christ and be a steward of the resources He places in our hands. Be faithful to the end. You will then hear the Father say, “Well done.”
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