2 Timothy 2:1-13
2 Timothy 2: 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.
In my mind Paul uses several “metaphors” in these verses to describe a single concept. Like a soldier, like an athlete, like a farmer we must all be focused on our mission – no distractions, no departure from what we know is true, no failure to do hard work. And, then, like the farmer we will receive an abundant reward! AMEN