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The little boy looked at the commander with a tear in his eye and said, “Sir, what you have explained is what I’ve been looking for. I will do everything I can to make my line strong, unified, and purposeful. Now I know what it means to be a soldier.” As He turned to leave the room, the commander called out, “Soldier. You are wise beyond your years and I commend you for that. Now get back in line and get ready to fight!” The little soldier turned and saluted and said, “Sir, yes sir.” He walked out of the office a different person. He had purpose in his position and his willingness to line up was an act of obedience that would strengthen all who lined up with him for years to come.

2 Timothy 2:1-4 is a call to follow our commander and get “lined up” with His instructions. Paul compels Timothy and us to be strong in the grace that we have in Christ Jesus. He also calls us to take what we know and share it with others through our words and our example. The call to line up is a challenge to endure hardship with each other, to lift one another up in good and bad times and to never break ranks. His last challenge is the most important. Paul says we must not get involved in thinking like civilians. Civilians are not trained, not tested, and they haven’t signed up to fight, so they don’t have the concept of the requirements of being a soldier. We are soldiers fighting the good fight. The battle’s already been won and our commander goes before us as we claim more and more territory for our King. The enemy’s plan hasn’t changed, by the way. Satan’s plan is still to divide and conquer. As I came to God this morning for explanations about certain things, He answered through His word very clearly and then He said, “Get back in line.” My reply is “Yes, Daddy!”

What is your reply? The battle is raging. Line up . . .

The Pilgrimage continues…

David Warren

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