Good Soldiers

3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier (2 Timothy 2).

If there is one thing about being a good soldier, it is their ability to “suffer hardship” in the line of duty. Indeed, their entire training at Boot Camp consists of nothing but privation (how interesting that enlisted men are called “privates”). If “there is ‘no crying’ in baseball,” certainly there must be “no whining” in soldiering. 

If there is one thing about living in “everyday life,” it is striving after the very opposite of privation and hardship. Everyone desires more than they need and a life of ease, yet how ironic that we will work ourselves to death to achieve them! The word “entangle” comes from the word “to braid,” signifying that a good soldier simply must not try to braid hardship and ease together. His job is to please his commander through suffering—it is not to please himself through finding ease.

Lord, help us This Day to suffer hardship well, if that is what will please You and give You glory. Amen.