“Civilian Pursuits”

2 Timothy 2:4

“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

In saying this, Paul is urging Timothy to share in suffering for the gospel. The “one who enlisted him” must be God calling him into the ministry…so his aim is pleasing God (later in the chapter Paul declares “the word of God is not bound!” even though we may be in chains).

This verse is interesting to me, because in a lot of ways, I feel like my life right now is more a “civilian pursuit” than ever. My role, as I understand it will be in the coming months, is taking care of our baby and keeping house, being an encouragement to Nels, etc. No mission trip plans, no school, no job…and yet it is God’s desire for me right now. My holy purpose. His pleasure is still my aim (Lord, make my heart pure!). Perhaps what I need to be on guard against is entanglement with “civilian” or earthly affairs rather than holy, heavenly ones (surely loving/supporting a husband and raising a God-fearing daughter is not a civilian affair, but a lot of the related tasks kind of seem like that).  What might this look like at this time? Putting tasks above relationships. Neglecting God’s word, prayer, devotions, etc. for the sake of lesser things…being focused on what I am doing instead of what God is accomplishing.

I pray that God will shape me and use me. Lord, make me more in tune with you and your will!

Happy New Year 🙂

❤ jcc

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