by Robert Walker

Soldiers and Students and Sons
Robert Walker
II Timothy 2:3

In the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, a Japanese gymnast, Shun Fujimoto, was competing in the team competition. Somehow, during the floor exercises, he broke his right knee. It was obvious to all reasonable observers that he would be forced to withdraw.

On the following day, Fujimoto competed in his strongest event, the rings. His routine was excellent, but the critical point lay ahead- the dismount. Without hesitation, Fujimoto ended with a twisting, triple somersault. There was a moment of intense quiet as he landed with tremendous impact on his wounded knee.

Then came the thunderous applause as he stood his ground. Later, reporters asked about that moment and he replied, "The pain shot through me like a knife. It brought tears to my eyes. But now I have a gold medal and the pain is gone."

This is the promise that we have from God. One day, if we remain faithful, the pain will be gone, the hurt will be gone, the sickness will be gone, the tiredness will be gone, the tears will be gone and we will have a reward of eternal life in heaven with God. Jesus himself gives us this promise in Revelation 2:10b, "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

But until then you will therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Tim. 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

The Christian life is a strenuous business. Let's look at the figures of it that Paul gives. In our message we are going to see we need to endure as a son, endure as a student and endure as a soldier. Did you know that to be redeemed also means to be recruited and are you aware of the fact that the new birth means a new battle? We begin with:-


A soldier has his times of rest, ...

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