2 Timothy 2:3,4
On a recent trip to Jefferson City, we saw a common weekend sight for those
traveling the highways. Several khaki colored vehicles in a column were
cruising down the pavement, headlights ablaze. In this country we have become
accustomed to this sight and realize it is a convoy of National Guard troops
out on maneuvers. Sometimes we refer to these men as "weekend warriors". One
weekend a month they are required to report for duty. Having fulfilled that
duty they return to civilian status the rest of the month.
I wonder sometimes if that terminology, "weekend warrior" could be applied to
us as members of that Spiritual Guard. We recognize that God has prescribed
certain responsibilities to the Christian that can only be accomplished on the
first day of the week. Eating the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7) and contributing
as we have prospered (1 Cor. 16:1, 2) are by revelation reserved for Sunday.
We must be careful, however, that we not become "Sunday only" Christians.
We are at war. That war is not limited to any particular day of the week. "For
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual
hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor
of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:12, 13). We can never remove our armor if we are
going to be able to withstand the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:10, 11). We
cannot go home Sunday evening tired of our labor in the kingdom and discard
our armor until next Sunday.
As we go into the battlefield on Monday, or any day of the week, we will need
the TRUTH girding our waist. We will need our breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS to
protect our vital organs. Likewise we will need the shield of FAITH, the
helmet of our SALVATION and the SWORD, the word of God. And we will need to
communicate with our commander through PRAYER.
As a faithful child of God, our enlistment never comes to an end, and our
battle is never finished in this life. The war will not cease until that day
when the last enemy is destroyed by our commander and chief, Jesus Christ.
Paul encourages us as soldiers to endure hardship, and not to become entangled
with the affairs of this life (2 Tim. 2:3, 4). We cannot please the Lord by
being “weekend warriors” but only when we are on active duty.
By Karl Hennecke
From Expository Files 17.11; December 2010