1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else about it and then missing out myself (MSG).
Being an athlete of sorts, particularly a runner, I can see a clear picture in my mind of what Paul is conveying in this passage. In the same manner that you train and compete to win earthly medals—material possessions, notoriety, a promotion, approval, etc.—you must train your spirit man with the word of God and prayer.
Go hard after things that please Him. Be intentional about winning souls for the Kingdom and purposeful to do what produces eternal fruit. It’s important to keep your spirit in peak condition, as to not be left out of God’s best. If you keep your spirit in tip-top shape, you will have the endurance to persevere to the end and qualify for His richest blessings now and forever.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (NKJV).
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