"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 Timothy 2:4
One definition of the word entangleth means- to be involved in. So does the scripture mean that we are not to get involved in any activity including running a home, working on a job, taking care of business? Another definition of the word helps paint a clearer picture of its true meaning. The word is "inweave". In other words we are not to "weave ourselves into" or allow the cares of this life "to weave their way" into our lives. We are not to get involved to the point where we can't separate ourselves from them when we need to.
When my daughter was getting ready to deliver our grandbaby, she was given the name of the doctor who was on call that evening in case she went into labor. That doctor kept his pager with him the whole time he was on call and when the call came in that it was time to deliver a baby, he had to drop everything he was doing and go to the hospital. It didn't matter if he was in the middle of dinner, at a ball game, or asleep he had to go. There are branches of the military that stay on alert all the time not knowing when they may be called out to go and handle a situation. There are some jobs that require their employees to be on 24 hour call. In all these cases, the individuals have to be ready to drop whatever they are doing and go to where they are needed.
This is what the scripture above is telling us. Be ready always at a moment's notice to do battle, to take advantage of an opportunity to witness to someone, to be obedient to do what the Lord calls you to do. The only way we can be ready at all times is by not being entangled with this life. Lay aside those things that would easily beset you. Put away those things that are nothing more than snares to hold you back. Don't be involved with the "unnecessary". Don't be so tightly "woven" to this life that you can't free yourself from it when "duty calls".
Have a great day. Don't be so tightly woven to this life that you can't separate yourself from it when your service for the Lord is required.
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