2 TIMOTHY 2:4 NASB
4No 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.
Paul is urging Timothy to remember his duty, his purpose, calling, assignment. As a soldier, we are also to make sure what we do is in line with the orders that our commanding officer (God) is giving us. We can get mixed up with things in our everyday life, some necessary, but others are just taking us away from our duty. There is more than enough things that will take our focus from doing what we are called to do. When I have something that must be done, work or otherwise, I find there are always going to be distractions and “things” to take me from doing what I am supposed to be doing. It goes back to godliness. Am I doing things out of devotion to God or am I doing things out of devotion to other things? There are pressing issues that I know I must accomplish but where is my heart?
I need to identify my assignment/orders. By understanding my purpose, I can put what I have to do through the filter of that purpose. I think this is where planning is going to be crucial. I gave my self a grade of “C” for planning and though it is changing, I feel I need to put more time into doing this. Although I am writing down my appointments and “things to do” in my planner, I really need to start doing some detailed planning specific to what I need to do.
My assignments are:
1) To take care of my family and support them. What events are coming up and is there anything that needs attention?
2)To encourage and serve the FUSE ministry. What can I do to better serve them and help them become more like Christ?
3) My work. Am I doing the best I can as if working for the Lord?
I also need to have the discernment and strength to turn down things that will hinder my assignments.
Dear Jesus, thank you for this morning that I can hear your words to me. Please forgive me when I have gotten distracted from your “orders” to me. I pray that what I do for you will please You. Thank you for pointing out my assignments and I ask that you strengthen my hands to carry out your work. I ask for the heart to never give up and the focus to stay on task. I love you and ask this in your Name, Jesus! Amen!