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1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 9 – Making Life Count

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Every single person on earth is in the biggest race of their life. Each day we’re both challenged and tested. Some days we’re triumphant, while other days we miserably fail. In the race of life, many people pursue public applause through prestige, power, and wealth. While others run for rewards that have no visible glory rather than eternal blessings.

With so much at stake and so little time, Paul was careful as to how he managed his affairs.

Paul realized that there was much to do. It was up to Paul to discipline his mind and body so that he would stay on course. Paul wrote, “I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.” In other words, he was going to make every move count. Staying focused, he wasn’t going to waste any time. So that when he threw a punch at this world, he was going to land it, and land it with great power.

 

CHALLENGE

My friend, what are you pursuing? There’s so much competition for your attention in this world.  Your friends want your time, your job demands your all, and having a family has so many responsibilities.   The list never ends. Although these things are wonderful to procure, one must ask, where is God in all of this? In life, you get one shot, and you have to make it count. Every move has to be strategic. After all, you were created for a purpose, for His glory and not your own. May God give you the wisdom to “run the race that is set before you”!

RPF