2: Detached and Focused
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Choosing to be blind to the conflict doesn't change the reality that Christians are at war. Here Martha clearly delineates the ongoing conflict and the vital importance of every believers' position.
You are either IN the military or…you are OUT. No middle ground exists. Even in the military reserve, you are still under orders, subject to authority and combat ready at any moment. In the military, your life is owned and…you are trained toward one purpose: battle.
Paul Called Timothy to Be a Soldier, Detached and Focused
From his second imprisonment, a prison without freedom, Paul wrote to his son in the Lord and trained him for a life of discipline like a soldier…
2 Timothy 2:4 NASB
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
An important phrase: “active service.” Spiritual warfare is compared to being in active service, on current duty, fully involved on military assignment. Today.
Such an on-duty believer lives as restricted a life as does a soldier at war. Not enmeshed in politics, not a part of emotional rallies, not interested in petty opinions, not swayed by lesser occupations—this believer is detached and focused. The spiritual soldier as trained by Paul was no self-important spectator puffed up with endless talk. He was to be IN the battle, in the race and squarely in the ring of front line action.
The true realities and the relevant issues do not exist within the world’s ideas or information. The Spiritual Warrior says:
- I am not involved in any human conflicts. They have no reality.
- I am not committed to any human goals. They have no reality.
- I am not bound to any human institutions. They have no reality.
- I am not enmeshed in any human relationships. They have no reality.
- Only God’s will, God’s purpose and God’s thoughts have supreme reality for my life.
Things, people and situations come with great tentacles of complication and enormous weights of false burdens, all to take the soldier out of commission so he/she is set aside and bound by the paralysis of distraction. Paul was bound by no one, committed but never owned.
The training is intense and restrictive. The chastisement is severe. The preparation is costly and many fall away, not fit for war by not tolerating the preparation. A disciple is one disciplined. Trained for a purpose, schooled in the meaning of the purpose so that he is committed to the cost of the purpose. Unentangled with the world. Serving one Master.
This strange war of the heavens is an unrelenting temptation to fall into distraction. The warrior’s eye is not on the fight. His mind is not on the enemy. His focus is not on his own supreme self. The spiritual soldier is fixed with wild and exuberant joy on the face and wishes of His Triumphant Captain, “to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.”
The New Testament fighter leaves his own life, his comfort and preferences, and lives for the pleasure of his Captain, at His disposal for wherever he is sent, whatever orders are issued. His eye is toward Him. His ear hears One. This voluntary warrior has no rights, no freedom, no personal life. The disciple of Jesus Christ is a detached and focused soldier at war, a runner in the race with his destiny, a farmer of patient sowing.
Let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.
Looking away (from all that will distract) to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith (giving the first incentive for our belief and is also its Finisher (bringing it to maturity and perfection).
Hebrews 12:1-2 AMPC
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