2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 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."
How does one become a Soldier of Christ?
When I was a little boy I played war and cowboys almost everyday. I would watch John Wayne in "The Sands of Iwo Jima,", " The Green Berets" and any other war movie I could find. I wanted to grow up and be a Soldier. I wanted to fight America's enemies.
Well, I grew up and while I was a senior in High School I knew I wanted to be a U.S. Marine. Then I met a girl, I decided not to join. We were married in 1983. In 1985 our first son was born. During all this time I still thought about being a Marine.
Now I could have went to the Army-Navy store and bought a set of dress blues, cut my hair and walked around town in a Uniform. Some people would have said "There goes a Marine". But I would not have been a Marine, I would have been "acting" like a Marine, "looked" like a Marine. But, I would not have been a Marine. People do the same thing with God. They try to clean up their life, turn over a new leaf. But, they would not have become a Christian.
What did I have to do to become a Marine. First, I had to meet the qualifications. There were many. The same with becoming a Christian. You have to meet the qualifications.
Romans 3:10 says "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: " The only qualification for becoming a soldier (christian) in God's army is to be a sinner.
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" According to this verse everyone meets the qualifications.
Romans 6:23 "23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. " Because we all all sinners we must all die. But, God has prepared a way and it is free to all for the taking. It is a Gift.
Romans 5:8 " But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God loved us so much that even while we were his enemy he sent his Son to die for us.
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." God will save anyone who will come to Him. Whosoever is clear, it many anyone.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says " 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Verse 9 says it is not of works. You can not do good enough to become a Christian.
Romans 10:9-10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
God does not want anyone to perish. He is calling all men to repentance.
You must see yourself as God see's you. As a sinner. You are born a sinner. That is why you sin. You do not become a sinner because you sin. You sin because you are a sinner.
Agree with God that you are lost, a sinner, and you need a sinner. You realize you can not do anything on your own to come to Christ. You must depend on what Christ did on the cross for you. Turn from your sins, your old life, and turn to God. Accept his son as your savior.
1 John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
When you ask God to save you, and you believe him, and accept his gift, then you can know you have eternal life.
You can pray something like this. "Dear God, I am a sinner. I know I can do nothing in my own power to change this. I believe Jesus came to die on the cross for my sins. Will you please forgive me and be my Savior. Thank you I accept Jesus as my Savior."
It does not have to be those exact words, but have this meaning. And then simply trust and believe God will do as he says.