11/11/16: Enlist

Happy Veteran’s Day, USA!

imagesThe Merriam Webster online dictionary says that “enlist” means “to enroll oneself in the armed forces, to participate heartily as in a cause, drive, or crusade.” Enlisting goes beyond merely joining. When we join something, we can simply add our name to the roll and never do another thing. When we enlist, we jump in with both feet, take off running, and look for ways in which we can add all our energies to the furtherance and betterment of the organization.

Second Timothy 2:4 puts something of a twist on enlistment. It says, “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” (NKJ). We generally think of enlistment as something we do voluntarily. Here in the United States, when we want to serve our country against enemies foreign and domestic, we go down to the recruitment office and sign up – we enlist – in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. However, this verse flips the script. It speaks of being enlisted in the way we speak of being drafted.

Paul is using this analogy to encourage Timothy, the young preacher, to hang in there in his walk with Christ. Paul’s saying that Timothy has been enlisted in the sense of being images-1chosen for this life. The Greek word translated as “enlisted” in this verse is the word “stratologeo” (strat-ol-og-eh’-o) from which we get our English word “strategy and strategic”. In other words, Timothy has been strategically hand-picked for his job in the ministry, and like a soldier or warrior, it is expected of him to internalize that selection as if he had chosen the job for himself.

So too with us. We have been enlisted by the Master into this job as Christians, ambassadors of Heaven. Now it’s expected of us to enlist our bodies, minds, and spirits – our every energy – to the work. It’s time to internalize our selection into God’s service and hit the ground running, using our gifts and talents for the furtherance of the Kingdom. As enlisted soldiers in God’s service, our only answer to whatever He commands must be, “Yes sir!”images-2

NOTE: To all veterans of any branch of the United States armed forces, thank you for your service!

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~ by sanewriter on November 11, 2016.

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