Michael Beck

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” (2 Tim. 2:4)

Learning what to care about and what not to care about is essential to loving God with all our mind. Paul burned with the care he daily carried for the churches. (2 Cor. 11:28,29) He was consumed with a desire to apprehend all he was apprehended for and to fulfill the call of God upon his life. But he couldn’t care less what people thought of him while he was doing what he knew to do in God. (1 Cor. 4:3) He would not fall into the snare of the fear of man or be weighed down with the cares of this life and have the seed of God’s Word choked in his heart. Neither would he let himself be caught up in the religious, philosophical, or political controversies of his day that led to nowhere but unnecessary strife. “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.” (Titus 3:9) “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.” (2 Tim. 2:23)

Satan savors the things that are of men. (Mark 8:33) He is the arch-controversialist. He’s always up for a fight. When it comes to today’s headlines, he’s more than happy for us to throw our hat in the ring and get embroiled in the hot topics of the day. The servant of the Lord can’t afford to get sidetracked from his main mission – reconciling men to God and making disciples of the reconciled. The soldier of the Lord must make sure he is fighting the right fight.

If we would have an enlarged freedom to move in God we cannot be careful and troubled about many things, we must singly focus on that which our Lord charges us to attend to. Shut out the hundred clamoring voices that call you to this or that. Give yourself wholly to what the Lord has placed before you to do. Refuse to see yourself through the eyes of another. You don’t need to be relevant; you need to be faithful to Him who has chosen you to be a soldier. Man’s judgment of your work now doesn’t mean a thing. The Lord’s judgment of your work later is all you should care about. Be better prepared for that day. Seek and discover the relative importance of all things now. Don’t be a hoarder of junk thoughts. Get rid of unnecessary mental baggage. Don’t travel light though. Let the Lord’s vision and burden be heavy on your soul. But know that His burden will still be lighter than any obsessions you would carry.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.