"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"
(2 Timothy 2:4).
Soldiers are a special breed. They are considered so important because of the uniqueness of their service to their father land. Consequently, soldiers are always isolated from civilians, accommodated in barracks so they may be equipped through training with the skills they need to defend their country without distraction. Applying this to Christians, Charles Grandison Finney stated, "Young converts should be trained to labour for Christ, just as carefully as young recruits in the army are trained for war. The plan is to train a body of devoted Christians who know how to pray, and to attend anxious meetings, and deal with inquirers and how to save souls."Christians are spiritual soldiers in Christ’s army. While they may physically interact with everyone else, Christians must continually update their spiritual warfare skills, keeping alert and battle - ready at all times. This requires avoiding fleshly pleasures that attract spiritual civilians, that is, sinners and compromisers. Every true soldier of Christ functions best in close communion with the Lord, away from carnal distractions.
CHALLENGE: The greatest soldiers of Christ were all groomed in isolation.
PRAYER: Equip me, O God, with courage and gallantry for effective soldiery in the Lord's army.
QUOTE: Christians are spiritual soldiers in Christ’s army