Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (2 Timothy 2:1-4)
Today's Morsel: Tomorrow we will celebrate the U.S. Army's Birthday. This year will mark the U.S. Army's 240th year in existence. Many men and women have donned the uniform of the U.S. Army in support of the freedom of this great nation. And so we say, Happy Birthday Army!
The army has so many good things that it teaches when it comes to character. Granted, many will violate those principles and teachings and give the Army a bad name, the same way some do the church. A military is established for the defense of its people. This is one of the reasons I believe Paul told Timothy that he should endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ; and that no man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life so that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. Jesus said that He had chosen us (John 15:16), and put us into His army for the defense of the gospel. Every born again believer must realize that they are in the Lord's army, and that Jesus wants us to be good soldiers of the cross for Him. We must not entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life. It may destroy our character as one of God's soldiers. We may be in this world, but we are not of this world. We are soldiers in God's army, and we are marching onward.
Sing: I may never march in the infantry, ride in the Calvary, shoot the artillery; I may never soar over the enemy, but I'm in the Lord's Army, yes sir!
Thought for Today: Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand.