Week of September 3 - Day 3

Day 3—Read: 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

Reflect: What analogy does Paul use to emphasize the importance of focus?

Consider: The word for soldier appears only here in the Pastoral Letters. The word literally refers to a warrior but is often used in the New Testament in a metaphorical sense.3

Respond: What distracts you the most? What steps do you need to take to eliminate those distractions?


3 Daniel C. Arichea and Howard Hatton, A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to Titus, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1995), 193.