II Timothy 2:3-7 “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. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”
Undoubtedly, the most powerful thought we can draw from this passage of Scripture is the importance of PLEASING God. This should be the priority of our day and the persuasion of our life, for it is the very purpose of our existence.
Paul not only admonishes us to PLEASE the Lord, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, but he also gives us one of the prerequisites to PLEASING God. If you’ll notice, verse four starts off with: “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life,” which is then followed by: “that he may PLEASE him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” This order in Scripture shows us that “not entangling ourselves in the affairs of this life” is a necessary lifestyle decision if we desire to “PLEASE God.”
It would seem that the constant struggle we all have while living in this world, amongst the world, is the temptation and natural tendency to be like the world. This constant struggle is addressed in great detail by the Apostle John in I John 2:15-17:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The Bible commands us very clearly to “love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” The Bible goes on to say that “loving the world” would reveal that God’s love is not in us. When considering our text passage, we can conclude that our desire to PLEASE the Lord ought to be so strong, that it overpowers our natural, fleshly desires to talk like the world, walk like the world, think like the world, or be entertained like the world.
Understandably, on this side of eternity…as long as we have the flesh, we will struggle. The concern is not that we struggle, but rather that we stop “struggling,” as a result of giving in to our flesh. The challenge today is for us to examine just how much like the world we really are. From there, we can properly assess and press toward our goal of “PLEASING the Master.”
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY – “So then they that are in the flesh cannot PLEASE God.” ROMANS 8:8
As children of God, we need to examine ourselves constantly to make sure our love is still devoted to Him.
Our willingness to humbly take correction and instruction is a pathway for wisdom.