Ah well, life happens as God wills it.
Anyways, I've been thinking some more on the bible passage I was looking at the other day.
1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Share 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. 5 An 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. 7Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.Last time I talked about how a soldier needs to stay involved with what he is doing. His aim should be to please the one who enlisted him, not to get involved with what civilians think is important.
But consider the following verses as well....an athlete only wins the sport IF he completes according to the rules. So if you are out in a walking race and run...even if you come in first, you still lose. A soccer player can't play a game of soccer if he tackles someone as if he's playing football.
A farmer works his fields and because HE does the work, he gets first dibs in what comes off the fields. That only makes sense doesn't it? Mind, if the farmer doesn't do the work, then he can't actually claim anything can he? (there'd be nothing to claim)
Do the job you are appointed to.
Do the job well.
This is what we are called to as believers. To do the job of being a believer in Christ to the best of our ability. To focus on pleasing God - not the world, To do things in a manner which pleases God (following the rules), and to reap the rewards of our hard-work. Being a true believer in God isn't always so easy, but the rewards are outstanding! :)