2 Timothy 2:4 (NIV) No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs– he wants to please his commanding officer.
I recently read a meme where a speaker asked the audience about who wanted change. As expected, everyone’s hand went up. The same audience was then asked, “Who of you would like to change?” No one raised a hand. This actually explains a common attitude that many of us have. We want to see change in our relationships, businesses, ministries, but very few of us are ready to change. Let’s face it, change is difficult, very difficult.
The Bible passage above compares a follower of Jesus Christ to a soldier. The military profession requires a high degree of discipline and a great amount of flexibility. The soldier’s life revolves around pleasing the commander. Soldiers must adjust their lifestyles to fit the commander’s program. It doesn’t mean that soldiers do not plan or have life goals, but their goals have to fit within or be adjusted according to the commander’s plans and instructions. The more encumbered we are with earthly cares, the less we will demonstrate flexibility. There is a natural tendency to resist flexibility when we view this world as our final destination.
Flexibility is the ability to move when God says “move” and to stay when He says “stay.” The key to flexibility is having our minds fixed on the things of God. Flexibility is setting my affections on the plans that could be changed by those whom I am serving. One of the best examples of flexibility in the Bible is the man called Abraham. God called Abraham (at age 75!) to leave his land and relatives and everything else he was familiar with, and go to a country God would show him. Abraham obeyed without hesitation. When Jesus called the disciples, He asked them to leave their homes and vocations and follow after him. They did.
Flexibility is the willingness to change plans or ideas according to the direction of our authorities. Ultimately, flexibility is based on the desire and delight to do the will of God, and an inflexible attitude reveals an insistence to do our own wills.
When plans are changed, do you get discouraged, or do you immediately look for reasons why the new plans are better?