Encouragement for your daily walk with God
The people of Corinth knew about sporting events. Every other year, athletes from the city of Corinth participated in the Isthmian Games, which were second in popularity only to the Olympics. Paul used those games as an illustration to Christ followers in reaching out with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Have you ever seen the training habits of someone who is a world class athlete? Their training starts in the morning and continues all day, sometimes until the dark of night. What keeps them motivated? They keep their eyes on the prize.
Christ followers also exercise self-discipline striving to share the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. We spend time taking part in the ministry of our local congregations. We hone our spiritual gifts in Bible Study so that we can capably share our faith. We give generously for outreach work done in our hometowns and throughout the world. Why such sacrifices? We know that the Holy Spirit uses our temporary earthly sacrifices to bring people to saving faith in Christ so they may have an eternal prize in heaven. Our sacrifices are worth it!
As you begin this new week, take time to reflect on the great gift that God has given to you in Jesus Christ. Then make every effort to live for Him and share what He has done for you.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27