2 Timothy 2:3-7



Paul uses metaphors from the Roman Empire to illustrate that in life there is no gain without some pain. In fact, the combination of both refines the believer for effective ministry.



Dedication in the Soldier Reflects Courage:                                                                   v. 3-4

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs he wants to please his commanding officer.

1.         Suffering is the soldier’s badge of authenticity .    2 Timothy 1:15

You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

2.         Overcoming is the soldier’s crowning achievement . 2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.



Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian soldiers! Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before.

Christ the royal Master, Leads against the foe;

Forward into battle, See, His banners go!

Onward, Christian soldiers! Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before.

                                             Sabine Baring-Gould





Discipline in the Athlete Reflects Commitment:                                                                    v. 5

Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.

1.         Successful athletes will not take a shortcut .               Proverbs 6:6

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

2.         Successful athletes will not give less than their best . Hebrews 12:11


No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.



Determination in the Farmer Reflects Confidence:                                                          v. 6-7

The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

1.         A farmer’s work ethic produces weariness .       Galatians 6:9-10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

2.         A farmer’s hard work produces a great harvest .       James 5:7-8

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.



Work, for the Night Is Coming

Work, for the night is coming. Work thro’ the morning hours;

Work while the dew is sparkling; Work >mid springing flow’rs.

Work when the day grows brighter; Work in the glowing sun.

Work, for the night is coming, When man’s work is done.

Annie L. Coghill