But we run our race
to win a victor’s crown
that will last forever
1 Corinthians 9:25 TPT
Today's Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Paul describes a consciously disciplined lifestyle in the above verses, and we are able to learn a number of lessons from his words. So, let us read the verses together:
24 Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious.
25 A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever.
26 For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise or box like one throwing aimless punches,
27 but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27 TPT
Paul is not referring to a form of “award” or “prize” when he mentions this victor’s crown; rather, he is referring to his inheritance in Christ that might “slip off” his hands if he stops living a holy life. Now, while, like Paul, we should have this attitude towards our Christian walk, we should also apply this same attitude to every aspect of our lives. Step into June with an attitude – an attitude to devote time to your walk with God, to God’s kingdom, to your craft, to your relationships, and to every other thing that matters to you.
When we do our best to fulfill our part, God will bless the best that we can do.
Action Point: The best place to commit to any task is the place of prayer. Go on now and pray for God’s grace to commit tirelessly to your walk with Him this month and itemize all other things that matter to you. Have a victorious month.