Enduring Hardness as a Soldier
2 Timothy 2:3
You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul, a true and valiant hero, gives counsel in the text to each minister of God who stands up in any age to do battle for the Lord. He must not only understand the art of war as a theory, but put his know ledge into practice, going before the mighty host of God's elect in order that they may triumph gloriously — "Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." The apostles all set this example to the world. The advice of St. Paul in the text had reference in its original application to the clergy, but it is no less a rule which is binding on all Christians. The fact that we are Christian soldiers suggests three corresponding duties.

I. THE WILL OF THE SOLDIER SHOULD BE WHOLLY ABSORBED IN THAT OF HIS COMMANDER. "My life consists in being, rather than in doing," said a good Christian woman, when cut off from active work by long-continued sickness. "I cannot fight much, but if I can hold the standard for other eyes, I may inspire tired soldiers with fresh courage, and so, if nothing but a colour bearer, help in the good cause!" Yes, brave and devoted woman, many a jaded and disheartened one will take heart and hope, as you thus bear aloft with unflinching hand the standard of faith and patience!

II. A soldier, to deserve the name, must possess TRUE COURAGE.


(J. N. Norton.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

WEB: You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

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