And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. Follow the Lord’s rules for doing his work, just as an athlete either follows the rules or is disqualified and wins no prize.
2 Timothy 2:4-5

Recently, my wife and I decided to give up technology, or at least, to the best of our abilities to do so because we are finding ourselves lately, getting “distracted” more often than not, with what’s available today’s world. We came to this decision because it is starting to blind us from our original purpose and our call from God. It is so easy to get side-tracked and sometimes stuck on other projects that we shouldn’t be on in the first place and sometimes we never finish those extra projects and we can lose the call God gave us. I know, in fellowshipping with a few of you, have felt the same way that we all need to get rid of our excess baggage that is holding us back from doing our Lord’s will. Remember, the Lord needs His will done and if you can’t do it, He will look for someone who can.

This is why Paul was reminding Timothy, among other things, not to get tied up in today’s world when we read 2 Timothy 2:4, “And as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.” Paul knew of the destruction that the world can cause on one’s soul and was warning his brother not to follow as many have done.

We find several warning’s of loving the world and God, at the same time, we read the following: In 1 John 2:15-17 NLT, we find, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.” In James 4:4 NLT, we find, “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” In Matthew 6:24 NLT, we find, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other…

Why do you think there are so many warning’s about loving the world? The Lord left us clear instructions for what we should do, how we should act and who we should associate ourselves with. Jesus gave His disciples clear warning’s to share with us about loving the dying world. Let me quote, again, from 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”

Be set free from your blindness and open your heart’s to the Lord and let Him in. Today, I want you to ask yourselves one question and honestly, think and pray about it before answering it. What hold’s you back from truly spending good, quality time, fellowshiping with the Lord? Ask yourselves this question and when you have an answer… What are you going to do about it?

Brother Jonathan

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