2nd Timothy 2:3
2015 Frieda P. Smith
I was talking with one of my young associate ministers last week, and I realized we are in trouble! There is an entire generation coming behind us that does not know about struggling through hardships.
For example, back in the day when I was growing up, we were happy to be handed the keys to a car that was running. We did not care what the car looked like as long as the car had four inflated tires, a little gas in the tank (we could take a “love offering” and practically fill it), we were good to go!
However, the media seems to have influenced an entire generation. They seem to believe driving a “hooptie” is beneath them. Our children’s generation expect an easy road without hardship. That is not happening.
In our text, the Apostle Paul wrote these words to his son in the ministry, recorded in 2nd Timothy 2:3, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”.
Hardship is a part of the life of a soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. Contrary to what our Christian brothers and sisters want to portray on their television ministries every week (while they collect your money), true soldiers of the Lord suffer hardships.
Read the Book of Acts. The apostles in the early church did not have it easy. Likewise, our ancestors—those who survived slavery—did not have it easy. Talk to your parents and grandparents; they did not have it easy. However, they endured hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.
It is your turn.
The songwriter declared…
Nobody told me the road would be easy…
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