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.
Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry or to participate in farming or commerce. They were excluded from those occupations because it was thought such things would divert their minds from the focus of their military service.
So it was with the ministers of the gospel in the early church. They were not to “entangle” themselves with worldly pursuits. Why? Business methodologies incorporate plans of speculation and gain; tending toward thoughts of expansion, development, growth, etc. (i.e. worldly aggrandizement.) The minister of the gospel accomplishes the purpose of ministry only when they can say in sincerity, “I am not entangled with the affairs of this life.”
Yes, it is true that Paul was tentmaker, but he did so to support himself. Why? None of the apostles received a salary and there is not one New Testament example of a minister ever receiving a salary. Ironic how people have allowed manmade denominations to create a system of salaried ministers as opposed to what saith the Scriptures! As a tentmaker, Paul was a hireling, as a minister he was not a hireling.
And what did Jesus have to say about hirelings in the ministry?
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
Who could deny this world is a mixed up mess, but, why is it that so many Christians are entangled in the things of this world? When a believer allows the affairs of this life to shift their focus away from the examples of Jesus…their spiritual life will be choked out.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Look, I understand that we have to get of bed, shower, get dressed, eat, go to work and interact with other people. So what is the cure for not being caught in this web of the world’s cares? Simple! It’s found in pleasing Jesus; we are to be captivated with him. This, says Jesus, is the one thing that is needful.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
When we chose the “good part” (Jesus) it is then that the caretaker will take care of our cares.
All the manmade things of this world are geared to divert our attention away from Jesus. This is true in all social, political and religious realms that do not follow the examples set forth in the Scriptures. Nothing in this life really counts for anything if it is not directly associated with Jesus Christ. Everything is to be done through him, not apart from him.
Pharaoh tried to get the Israelites entangled in the land of Egypt.
For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
Satan’s goal is the same! We are to resist being entangled in the manmade things of this world.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.