So give this a read…..
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
English Standard Version (ESV)
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
I dont have anything groundbreaking to say about this. I’m sure most of it has already been said. But I was memorizing these verses this week and something dawned on me.
If you are an athlete, you get up every day on a mission. You eat a good breakfast to get things going. You work out hard. You lift weights. You run and stay in shape. You watch game tape. You study the opposition. You study your own game plan. You hang out with the folks on your team or other athletes and talk about things and give each other tips and practice together so that you get better.
Point is, you work really, really hard. And you stay focused.
If you want to be a good athlete, is there another option?? There’s really not.
But so what else could you do? You could get up and NOT work as hard. You eat bad foods. You stay up too late. You don’t as hard. You don’t run to stay in shape. etc….
But here is the thing, if you are doing anything less than working really hard and staying focused, you are just moving backwards as an athlete. You are getting our of shape. Your skills aren’t as sharp. You don’t know your competition. Etc…
So when Paul compares the Christian life to that of an athlete, I think the same thing is true. We HAVE to stay focused. We have to read. we have to pray. we have to study. we have to have good fellowship. we have to sit in silence and meditate. If we are NOT doing that, we are moving backwards.
Sin is subtle. It sneaks in. If you are not on the offensive against sin then you are on the defensive.
As John Owen said (I think)..Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.
I can tell you, that’s a fact. I know it first hand and I bet you to do.
Work hard. Run hard. Be disciplined in your Christians life. It’s really really important.