Word: You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2: 3,4.
Thought: In our day to day lives we have the challenge of loosing few pleasures to live a life for Christ, but we are called to endure these as a soldier of Christ because the place we are in is only the battlefield and we need to win over the world and try to win the world for Him. Just as a soldier who does not entangle himself on his own pleasures, we are also called to live in a way which is pleasing in His sight. We are ambassadors of Christ in the place where He has placed us – our workplace is one of the important battlefield for us: we have different affairs of life which is pleasing to the eyes and ears. good to do, but are we abstaining ourselves – it might be a gossip to a marketing white lie to a eye pleasing work or a social drink or pleasure which the world calls as fashion. We, as a soldier of Christ are called to live a life which is pleasing to Him who has enlisted us a soldier and we should not adapt to the walks of the world which should be the alien nation for the soldier of Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to walk in you and to live a life which is pleasing in thy sight. Help me not to the entangled by the works of the world, but lean on you and bear good fruit in you. Amen.
Word: Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6: 6,7
Thought: We are living in these times where we are not satisfied with what we have. Paul warns us again here on the day we leave this world we are not going to carry out anything with us, so while we are living let us live a life of content. The moment we are not content, we loose our happiness and we keep chasing our own pleasures and desires, but not obtain it and keep striving for it. In the process of striving for the worldly passions, we develop more strife, more estranged relationships and at times tend to loose our own souls – what has profited us? We tend to think ourselves to be something when we are actually nothing – we built a lot of possessions around us thinking we have achieved great gain. Godliness can be the only means to great gain for each of us and learning to be content in God is the most amazing virtue that God can give to each one us. He supplies to all our needs according to His riches and we are called to remain content in Him. He who clothes the lilies and feeds the sparrows will surely take care of our needs – let us never strife hard to satisfy our harmful lusts which leads us to the path of destruction, but remain content in the Lord to lead us to a Godly life which is full of happiness.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to remain content in you, that I might see you hand at work in my life and lead a life which is pleasing in thy sight and live with the joy and happiness which you have bestowed in my life. Amen.