The Soldier, The Athlete, The Farmer
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
- Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. (14) Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The Apostle Paul:
- Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
- 2 Timothy 2:1-7 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2) And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (3) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (4) No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (5) And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (6) The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. (7) Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
The Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit uses three examples of individuals who know what is required of them to fulfill their role. If you want to better understand what your part in partnership with God looks like, then consider these three examples. The grace that is in Christ Jesus will enable you to have:
1. The Endurance of a Soldier
- Soldiers war.
- Know they are in a war. (God is always with me.)
- Expect difficulties. (In the world you shall have tribulation.)
- On a mission as God’s agent. (Purpose, Mission, Identity.)
- Willing to suffer. (For Christ’s sake.) (What are you willing to go through?)
- War for what is theirs. (Never quit. Persevere.) (Having done all, Stand!)
- Soldiers are Soldiers.
- Pledge allegiance. (To the King and the Kingdom.) (Does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world. In this world but not of this world.)
- Trained. (You, God, train my hands for war.)
- Vigilant. (Keep alert. Watch. On guard.)
- Put on the whole armor of God.
- Fight the good fight of faith.
- Please Him who has enlisted him as a soldier. (Stay focused. “Be still, and know that I am God.”)
- Soldiers expect instructions.
- Stay in contact with headquarters. (Prayer and Intercession.)
- Trust the God Who knows what He is doing. (God only does good!)
- Follow orders. (Led by the Spirit.) (Obey.)
2. The Discipline of an Athlete
- Athletes compete.
- They give their best. (Excellence.)
- They compete to win. (Finish the race.)
- They expect to win. (Vision.)
- Athletes are committed.
- Have an excellent workout routine. (Daily in the Word.)
- Take care of themselves. (Good spiritual health.)
- Get sufficient rest. (Rest in the Lord.)
- Athletes know the rules.
- The rule book. (The Word of God.)
- Have a Coach. (The Father)
- Trust the Coach. (The Son)
- Listen to the Coach. (The Holy Spirit)
3. The Patience of a Farmer
- Farmers plant.
- Expect a crop. (Plant Seed – Share the Word.) (Faith and Hope.)
- Depend on God to help. (Trust. Pray.)
- Patiently wait for God’s timing. (Persevere. Wait on the Lord.)
- Reap. (If we do not faint.)
- Farmers work hard.
- Get up early. (To meet God.)
- Prepare the soil. (Thanksgiving, praise, worship, prayer.)
- Know it takes labor. (Are prepared to labor in the Kingdom.)
- Farmers partake.
- The first to partake of the crop. (First hand results.)
- Let God change you. (“Put the oxygen mask on yourself first.”)
- Share what God has given you. (Help others.)
Common denominators: Endurance, Discipline, Patience, Training, Hard Work, Expectation
Paul began with these words: “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” and concludes with these words: “May the Lord give you understanding in all things.” God wants us to understand how life works. Here are three examples of commitment that result in victory. By God’s grace we can learn from these examples and live a life of significance.
For Coaches of the Significant Life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help our coachee understand we are God’s agent on earth. We display the love of God, the greatness of God and the goodness of God. We are His light in a dark world. The endurance of a soldier, the discipline of an athlete and the patience of a farmer will enable us to display to the world that Christ is Lord in our life and we live focused on the Kingdom of God.