“No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” (2 Timothy 2:4–5, 7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Do you ever wonder if we, as a Church, spend too much time being involved in “civilian affairs?” That we spend too much time competing according to worldly rules? How much displeasure do you think this might bring to our “commanding officer?”
My Advice – We must live “in” the world until the Lord calls us home. But we must not be “of” the world. It might do us all some good to “reflect on what [Paul] is saying” in order that the Lord might give us some “insight into all this” individually. Might we be involved in certain “civilian affairs” we ought not to be? Might we be waging spiritual battles according to worldly “rules” of engagement? Then we are waging war on the enemy’s terms and on the battlefield of his choosing. That should work out well.