“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No 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” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
The Apostle Paul often utilized militaristic language to describe the Christian life—soldier, army, shield, sword, helmet, breastplate, warfare, being on the alert, and fighting the good fight. As in the wearing of a uniform, to be a follower of Christ means to embrace the duties, responsibilities, mission, and obligations of the name it represents. At every rank and file we must stand at attention until our Supreme Commander-in-Chief says “at ease.”