“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer” – 2 Timothy 2:4 (NIV)
When the Apostle Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy he clearly had in mind the importance of impressing him to be focused. Further along, he reminded him, “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (verse 16). And even more, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” ( verse 23).
One of the tricks the enemy draws upon the children of God to weaken their faith is by bringing confusion and distraction. If soldiers remove their focus on the prize and start getting involved in every bit of arguments along the way they of course loose focus. Indeed the enemy is always throwing baits to draw the attention of believers away from the real prize by having them squabble in minors.
The Apostle Paul also used the analogy of an athlete. “Similarly, if anyone who competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victors crown unless he competes against the rules “( verse 5). Everyone now and then we see great athletes being dethroned after being found to have taken illegal drugs. But how did it begin? Well, rather than playing according to the rules, they lost focus, listened to and gave way to other voices, which carried them away to miss the ultimate prize.
Believers have not been prohibited to engage in worldly affairs. As a matter of fact they should as “light and salt”; but the focus should always be to draw the hearts of men and women to God! There are those meaningless pursuits which are nothing but laid traps to destroy any one’s faith, which we do well to avoid.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, today I pray that I may guard my faith and not lose focus by getting involved in all sorts of aimless distractions that draw me away from the ultimate prize, of victory in Jesus!