2 Timothy 2:4
‘No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him.’
I have started to read the book ‘ The shadow of the Almighty’ and there are many amazing verses which Jim Elliot talks about. This is one of them. His life is such a challenge and a call to live a life that is totally devoted to the Lord. This is far easier said than done. It is easy to say ‘I want to give my all to the Lord’ but its another thing entirely to put that into action. We need the Lord’s help with this.
In this verse in 2 Tim 2:4 it is such a challenge to live a life that is devoted to God. We are in a battle. A battle against the evil one- the devil. A battle against sin. A battle ‘not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness in this world’. We as christians are in a battle for the Lord.When we accepted Christ as our Saviour we joined the ranks of God’s Army. We fight for the souls of men. We fight to fulfil the Great commission which Jesus gave to us.
Then we come to this verse. It starts by clarifying who this verse is to. It is to them that are taking part in this war.This war to live a devoted life for the Lord and to cut off any influence of the evil one from our lives. Again a very hard thing to do, but we have God on our side.
What an incredible thought.It says in this verse that in our lives as christians not to ‘entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life’ None of the things in this life should even get our attention, let alone sway us. Let us not entangle or get ourselves caught up in the things of this life. Fix your eyes on God. Fix your eyes on heaven. Fix your eyes on eternity. Not things temporal.
We should do this not so that we look like super-christians or so that we look really amazing. All this is so ‘that he (the christian) may please Him (God) who hath chosen him’. We do all this for God. It is God that deserves all the glory,honour and praise. We need to have a singular vision. A vision or mindset that is set upon the Lord and things of Him. On things eternal, not temporal. A man with a singular vision was Jim Elliot. He coined the well known saying at the age of 22 ‘He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose’. Jim Elliot ended up giving up his life for the Lord, doing what the Lord had called him to do.
Don’t entangle yourself with the affairs of this life that you may please Him!
Verse from a well known song:
All that thrills my soul is Jesus
He is more than life to me
And the fairest of ten thousand
In my precious Lord I see