This Memorial Day weekend we are grateful to and for every person that has served or is presently serving us by serving in our great military. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
This is the third blog in a series on Keeping Your Charge. Paul told his spiritual son Timothy to keep, guard, protect, be diligent with the treasure the he had been entrusted with [2 Timothy 1:14].
He also told him this in chapter 4, “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry [1-5].
So we see Timothy was given a charge from his spiritual father Paul.
The apostle Paul mentioned three groups of people in chapter 2 of his 2nd letter to Timothy.
Those 3 groups are ~
A good soldier
A competitive athlete
A hardworking farmer
In verse 7 he says, “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Paul wants us to stop and think about what he just said so that the Lord will give us understanding. He grouped 3 different people together for a reason. What could it be?
Here are some things I have understood as I pondered what he wrote.
- I noticed 3 groups of people representing 3 spheres of influence in society. There are 7 spheres total. They are ~ 1] Family, 2] Religious, 3] Business, 4] Education, 5] Government, 6] Arts, Media, Athletics, 7] Military, Law Enforcement
Paul listed 3 of the 7. They are ~
- Competitive Athlete
- Business Person [Entrepreneur]
2. I have noticed some characteristics that are inherent within these three groups of people. They are ~
- Self motivation
- Adjustments on the fly
- Don’t require constant oversight
3. I have noticed a pattern that in many instances those who have never participated in one or more of these 3 groups do not have one or all of these same characteristics. I know there are exceptions to this rule!!!!!
4. I noticed that these 3 groups of people have certain goals. They are ~
- A good soldier ~ To please [honor] their superior
- A competitive athlete ~ To win
- A hardworking farmer ~ To produce crops that benefit more than themselves
5. I noticed some ways that they keep their charge [mission]. Those are ~
- They all understand the necessity and requirements of their training [disciplines, preparedness] and the seriousness of their mission.
- They all must endure hardship [difficulties, obstacles and opposition]. They see the hardships as platforms to soar. They see them as launching pads to thrust them into new realms of exploits.
- They all stay focused on their respective goals which are to accomplish the mission, win and be successful.
6. I noticed these characteristics as well ~
- The good soldier does not become entangled in things that are not conducive to their successfully carrying out their mission. Paul did not say get involved, he said entangled. He is a good soldier, not a bad soldier. He is good because he can differentiate between what is essential and what is not. Involvement may be necessary but entanglement is counter productive.
- The competitive athlete competes according to the rules of his sport. He knows what is allowed and what is not. He buffets his body to stay in top shape so that he can overcome every opposition. He plays so as not to be disqualified. To be a competitive athlete you must have someone or something to compete against. There are those who play competitive sports but are not competitive because they either do not have the skill sets needed or they do not have the work ethic to be competitive.
- The hardworking farmer works hard. He pays whatever price is necessary to get his land ready for seed and harvest what his land produces.
Anything below these standards is not acceptable. Paul concludes by saying,”Consider what I say and the Lord will give you understanding.
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M.Drury