As I was reading a devotional this morning I came across this verse in 2 Timothy 2:3-4 that says "3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer." One of the points I shared yesterday during the message was that we need to get alone with God in order to know His calling for our life. When Jesus broke away from the crowds to get with God He left with a resolve and a very clear sense of His mission that God, His commanding officer, had for Him.
Without this habit of being alone with God and praying, we get caught up in the affairs of the culture around us and easily get sidetracked and become less productive for God's kingdom. The military analogy is a great one because when you think of a soldier you think of an individual who reports to a superior and their job is to successfully carry out specific orders. Much of the world around us is caught up in alot of meaningless chatter, entertaining themselves, and seeking comfort. We have been called to 'endure hardship', get uncomfortable and get 'on mission' for God.
Serving alongside of you all,