Read: 2 Timothy 2:3
A good soldier is trained to endure hardship. Rain or shine, day or night will not affect his preparedness for battle. His sole aim will be to defend his people and defeat the enemy. He will always be focussed on his goal and never waver when distractions come. A soldier is fully prepared for battle by wearing his helmet, shoes, belt, weapon, bulletproof vest, etc. to withstand the attack of the enemy.
A Christian must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3). Remember that you are always in warfare. Your fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness controlled by Satan (Eph. 6:12). You must be prepared. You are to “take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:13). The armour of God consists of the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one, helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, that is the Word of God (Eph. 6:14-17). Without truth, righteousness, salvation, the Word of God, faith and preparation for spreading the gospel, a believer cannot go for battle against the devil.
As a soldier of Christ, let us stand against the evil schemes of the devil. We ought to be sober and vigilant against our enemy the devil. Any careless action from our side can cause the enemy to breach our boundary. So let us have single-minded loyalty and obedience to our Lord. Let us ask the Lord to give us grace to live worthy of our calling as His trusted soldiers. And let us have a renewed passion to preach the gospel and please Him at all costs, enduring hardship, persecution and opposition going all the way to do His command, even unto the point of death.