Discovered the comments posted below in part of this mornings readings. Ones which, well, ended up turning into afternoon readings.
They certainly seemed relevant to the vibe I’ve been blogging about this week. This specific one caught me by surprise and looks a little deeper into the ‘soldier of Christ – Grateful Soldier’ metaphor.
Sometimes Father, Son and Spirit steps in and gently point things out to us. Particularly things that surprise, energize and refuel the fulfilment of promise that states: He wills to participate with us (i.e.: incarnation of Christ and invitation – 2 Pet.1:4-8). In this case, a conversation and a train of thought.
A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
”You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal.
But the word of God is not bound!
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself”.
– Paul, 2 Tim.2:1-13, ESV