Summary: To show that we need to do our soldier function here on earth, not to be entangled again with the affairs of this world, and to satisfy and please our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Are you a soldier of CHRIST?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to do our soldier function here on earth, not to be entangled again with the affairs of this world, and to satisfy and please our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
2 Timothy 2:4 (Amplified Bible)
2:4 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.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for I am Your soldier not entangled in the civilian affairs of this life and my aim in this life is to satisfy and please you as my LORD, MASTER and SAVIOR.
Soldier of CHRIST in service
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: Probably 65 to 67 A.D.
C. Purpose: To encourage and instruct a young pastor in his ministerial work
D. To whom written: Timothy
E. Main Themes: Faithfulness and boldness in the ministry, especially in the face of opposition and suffering.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We don't get entangled in the enterprises of civilian life
"No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life;"
Entangled or "empleko" in Greek meaning:
1. to entwine
2. involve with
Affairs or "pragmateia" in Greek meaning:
Life or "bios" in Greek meaning:
1. the present state of existence
2. means of livelihood
3. good, life, living
What does it mean to be entangled in the civilian affairs of this life? How can we know if we reach that point and are already entangled?
1. You have deserted a man of GOD in exchange for love of this present world
2 Timothy 4:10 (Amplified Bible)
4:10 For Demas has deserted me for love of this present world and has gone to Thessalonica; Crescens [has gone] to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
2. You are choked, suffocated, with the anxieties, cares, riches and pleasures of life, your fruit does not ripen
Luke 8:14 (Amplified Bible)
8:14 And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection).
3. You no longer restrict yourself in all things. You run uncertainly. You box without striking an adversary.
1 Corinthians 9:25-26 (Amplified Bible)
9:25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
9:26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary.
4. You want to be rich physically, you love money. You no longer pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness of heart
1 Timothy 6:9-12 (Amplified Bible)