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No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4

Read: 2 Timothy 2:3-4
Listen: 2 Timothy 2

Paul tells Timothy to multiply the number of Jesus’s followers by using the example of a soldier. Soldiers play a key role in holding the Roman Empire together. They are keenly refined and trained representatives of the emperor’s power—totally focused on doing their job. They don’t get entangled in civilian affairs but stay focused on their orders. They are willing to suffer to gain the approval and appreciation of their commanding officer. This example encourages Timothy to stay focused on his calling from God, which is to share what he has learned with those around him and encourage their spiritual growth so they can multiply faith in the lives of others, too.

The example of the soldier is significant for us today because our goal should also be to stay focused on God. We please him by staying committed to his purpose. It’s very easy to get distracted by our latest remodeling project, our kids’ sports, travel plans, social media, golf league or book club. These things aren’t necessarily bad, but they can entangle and distract us from pursuing God and what he desires for us. We should make sure to take time for God and things that will last for eternity.

TODAY: Identify some of the good things in your life that have the potential to distract you from being intentional in your relationship with God. How can you keep those things in their proper place so you have time to pursue God and his purpose for you? To get further insight, discuss these things with your small group leader or a trusted friend.


Read Exodus 35. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Note the details for the tabernacle and priests and how they may point to Jesus.