What do soldiers, athletes, and farmers have in common? Hard working. Constricted lifestyles. Aiming for something greater than themselves. With these considerations and more the apostle Paul uses these three professions to describe what it looks like to be a faithful man of God (2 Timothy 2:3-6).
The soldier endures suffering and aims to please the one who enlisted him. The athlete gains the crown by competing according the to rules. The farmer is hard working. Are we willing to suffer a restriction on our preferred level of comfort, or what the world considers the “proper” level of comfort for an American for the sake of serving Jesus Christ and His church? Is there the discipline to hold to the truth as laid out by God in the Bible even when it conflicts with the moral relativity and political correctness of the world around us? Will we labor, even unto exhaustion, for the sake of producing fruit and spiritual food for others.
The old hymn penned by Isaac Watts, Am I A Soldier of the Cross?, speaks well of these sentiments with a couple of its stanzas:
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?
For more on this topic of being faithful men and women of God, you can listen in on a sermon entitled Faithful Men from Oasis Christian Community’s Finishing Well sermon series.