2 Timothy 2:4-5

“No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life,” (2 Tim. 2:4). The Greek word for “entangle” is used only here and in 2 Peter 2:20. It means to be so wrapped up in something that movement is hindered. This is the term the Greeks would have used to describe a rabbit ensnared in a thorn patch.

Peter’s letter admonished followers not to return to past sins, but Paul had a different lesson in mind. He warned Timothy against allowing essential daily pursuits to supersede a commitment to Christ. For example, taking up a vocation is a necessary task. Even Paul had a day job as a tent maker, which allowed him to support his ministry. However, an occupation and the money it produces can become all-consuming to the detriment of a person’s spiritual life.

Growing and managing wealth, providing for one’s family, and taking advantage of leisure time are important activities. In fact, God encourages all of them. However, these blessings are not to become distractions that draw believers away from church or regular prayer and Bible study. Nor are we to compartmentalize our life into “Christian ministry” and “regular work/play.” We are Christ’s soldiers, no matter where we are or what we are doing. There is no such thing as a part-time warrior!

It’s important for believers not to draw artificial boundary lines between the “secular” and the “sacred.” Everything God gives—from vocation and wealth to leisure time activities—is to be used for His glory. By keeping priorities straight and activities in balance, you can prevent hobbies and interests from becoming a snare.