2 Timothy 2:3-4: Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.

On a tomb in Arlington National Cemetery, the following words can be found inscribed: "Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God.” In 2 Timothy, Paul reminds us that we are soldiers of a sort. As such, we are to be fully devoted to Christ; ready to forfeit our lives for the good of His Kingdom. As a soldier, our work is not intended to bring us any personal glory, or provide us any personal reward. It is enough that our mission be accomplished. We do not need the approval of men, but only that of God. Charles Wesley wrote, "Keep us little and unknown, prized and loved by God alone." In our quest to follow Christ, we may seem to go through this life unknown in the eyes of the world—but in the eyes of God, we are truly prized.

The tomb of the unknown Christian is not filled with a dead man’s bones, but with memories of service, lasting faith, and hope in eternal life in the presence of his Creator.