The Christianity Paul described is rigorous and demanding, calling for people to face suffering and opposition while actively pursuing Christ. As Alistair Begg explains, in 2 Timothy 2, Paul used three metaphors to illustrate this reality, depicting individuals with absolute commitment to a goal. As Christians, we must exhibit the devotion of the good soldier, the discipline of the athlete, and the diligence of the farmer. Without commitment, there will be no victory in battle, no medal at the race’s end, and no harvest in the field.
3Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
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