Hi Friend. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed some time off. I know I did!
As we enter into, what is sure to be, a busy holiday season, it’s easy for us to get distracted from the important things that God calls us to do. So as our schedules (and bellies!) start to get a little fuller, I’d like to share what I will be focusing on this month.
2 Timothy 2:4
“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we need to keep in mind that this topic is not just some quaint analogy for explaining the struggles we face. There is a real, spiritual war in the heavenly realm. We are literally soldiers in an army, and that army is called the Church.
Consider for a moment the United States Military.
There are several different branches: Army, Marines, Navy, etc… And if we were to look at any one of these branches individually, we would see that the military gets segmented even further: troops, stations, positions, posts, assignments, ranks, and so on. So too with God’s army.
As soldiers in God’s army, we are all fighting for the same thing: to know God and make Him known. But how we do that specifically in our individual lives is unique to each of us.
Let’s look at the Bible.
The Bible is God’s word, and God’s word is truth. I like to think of it as being generic truth. Not generic as in plain or boring, what I mean is that it applies to everyone. Every soldier in God’s army is subject to this truth. Think of the Bible as your basic training.
If you were to go out today and join the military (regardless of which branch), you would have to go through basic training. There are some basic standards that the military enforces upon all of its soldiers, regardless of position, rank, or anything else.
At the same time, while there is “generic training,” there is also specific training. For example, a soldier in the Army will need to be equipped differently than a pilot in the Air Force.
In the same way that a soldier is given commands from their officer as to how they are to act rightly in the position where they have been stationed, our Commanding Officer also instructs us as to how we should act rightly in the place where He has stationed us. This is what I call specific truth.
The Holy Spirit wants to speak to us about our lives and in very specific terms. He won’t ever contradict the generic truth of the Bible; however, He may give us very specific instructions as to how this plays out in our lives, like how we spend our time, money, and energy.
Good Things vs. Right Things
There are some things that may be right for other Christ-followers that aren’t right for you, and alternately, some things are right for you that aren’t right for others.
I once heard someone pray, “Lord help us not only to be able to discern between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ but ‘right’ and ‘almost right.'” Let us not forget that God wants us to live OUR life, not someone else’s. God needs us to “man our post” even when life gets busy and distracting.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year, but let’s focus on where God has us “stationed.” Let’s keep our eyes and ears on our Commanding Officer and focus on doing not just “good things” but the “right things.”
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