Rules to Follow

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer must be first to partake of the crops “ (2 Tim 2:4-6)

Could you imagine what it would be like If we lived in a world that had no rules, or order? Sometimes things can be hazardous enough even when we have set rules to govern situations. I could only imagine the period of the judges when we are reminded that “there was no king in Israel, and everyone did what was right in his own eyes “ (Judges 17:6). The very thoughts of a world without order should be sobering to us.

Fortunately we do live in a world where we have rules set, God reminds us to “let every soul be subject to the governing authorities, because there is no authority given except by God” (Romans 13:1).  Paul reminds us to “Honor all people, Love the brotherhood, Honor the King” (1 Pet 2:17). God has set in order that Christians are to subject themselves to the law of the land, provided that law does not conflict with God’s commandments.  God has given us direction through His word which will ensure us a heavenly home should we follow it.

Paul speaking to Timothy reminds him of three very important things, look at these.

  1. We must maintain our focus: Paul says that “no one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” (2 Tim 2:4).  The Christian life is a life of battle, Paul reminds us to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph 6:11). The emphasis here is not on the armor, but on our focus. Paul reminds Timothy don’t get bogged down in the affairs of this life and lose focus on the battle at hand.
  2. We must play by the rules:  Paul says “And also if anyone competes in athletics he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules”(2 Tim 2:5). Jesus was very clear that “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Later Jesus records that “If you love Me keep my commandments” (John 14:35), finally Luke records in the book of Acts that there is “no other name, under heaven by which we might be saved”. While God desires for ALL to be saved, only those who follow the commandments of God will be in heaven for eternity
  3. Our work will be rewarded: Paul says “The hard working farmer must be the first to partake of the crops” (2 Tim 4:6). It is important to remember that we should not “grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal 6:9). Our life here is not just meaningless, and our work here does not go unnoticed. God has promised a reward to those who are faithful.

Ande Z