Recently, we had summer Bible camp for the youth of our church. We took over 30 to the mountains of northeast Georgia and had a blast. The theme verse for the week was 2 Timothy 2:4. The verse puts many things into perspective, and it shows us how to please God.
As we live the Christian life, we are reminded throughout scripture that we face battles and we are soldiers. This verse reminds us that in order to fight the good fight, we must not get tangled up in life. Work, school, play and friends have their proper places, but when we become too close to those things we get weaved into them.
When that happens, we are no longer battling life the way God desire us to.
This battle that we fight is not a literal battle, with a physical enemy. Therefore, our weapons are not conventional weapons. We possess prayer, the Bible, and according to James 4, we possess humility. Those are the weapons we have at our disposal.
Know them well and use them.
By battling well, we please the One that has chosen us to be a soldier. While the Christian is likened to other professions, the one of a soldier is found throughout the New Testament. Let us not get so wrapped up in life that we forget who we are. For when we do, we no longer please God.
Jerry Boyce is the youth pastor at Bible Baptist Church in Fort Mill. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.