FROM A PRIVATE TO A PRIVATE
FROM A PRIVATE TO A PRIVATE
II Timothy 2: 4 – “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.”
I am a soldier, and the warfare I am engaged in is as age long as sin and as far reaching as infinite grace. There is no truce and no discharge from service, for there is ever a battle to fight, an enemy strong, and a bugle’s haughty cry. A fight for the right, be it short or long, where a man must win or die.
I thought I heard you say the other day that you were going to quit. I noticed the hurt look on your face and the weariness in your eyes. I knew that you were, singlehandedly meeting the foe. And he was blowing out smoke screens all around you to make you feel isolated from your army, and to discourage you by making you lose sight of the Captain’s face. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that you had fought well, or there was a piece of work the Captain had entrusted to you; else the enemy would not consider it worthwhile to bother you. So, I thought I would send you a word and remind you that all along the lines the fighting is good and men are, singlehandedly, meeting the foe. You are not alone! You are not forgotten! Your work is of greater importance than you think. It is part of that eternal plan that has never been, nor ever, need revised. Our Captain knows, not only the resources of the enemy but also, the limit of your endurance. Let me tell you the story of the prince. When the battle was raging, the prince sent word to the father, the king, “Give me reinforcements.” The father, from the hill, was watching the battle with intentness. And he said, “You go back to my son, and tell him not to worry, for I am too wise a king not to know when reinforcements are needed, and I am too good a father not to send them.” The word went back to the prince, “There are no reinforcements coming now.” But, your father says “I will watch and when you need them I will send them.” Comrade, let us trust Him and be faithful! It is just a little while, tomorrow or some morrow, the bugle will sound its home call. How happy we shall be then, if we have never turned our backs, but “marched breast forward.”
A few weeks ago, word came from a few miles away that one exceedingly dear friend to me had passed on. Through my grief and tears I caught a glimpse of that wondrous eternal home, and overwhelmed with a sense of unworthiness my heart cried out, “Oh God, great, merciful God, keep me true to the very end for I do want to enter that home, and meet those many friends, with thy stamp of approval on my brow and so do you. So, my dear comrades let us keep fighting the good fight of faith, we are winning. The battle is almost over now and we will not forget; that it will be worth it all when we get home.
II Timothy 2: 3,4 – LB – “Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, just as I do, and as Christ’s soldier do not let yourself become tied up in worldly affairs, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in His army. Follow the Lord’s rules for doing His work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.”
THINK ABOUT IT!!!