We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Michael Smith.
“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
Eyes on the prize.
Hard work pays off.
These two fairly popular sayings which apply to so many competitive endeavors are both essentially what Paul is exhorting the church in Corinth to move towards. Both are important.
Setting our hope in heaven and remembering that we are running this race together with other Christians are both vital aspects of our faith. We focus, we work hard, and yet we remember that we are in this together – we help each other endure and we we help each other to run this daily race that was never meant to be run alone!
But perhaps most important – we must always remember that it was Jesus who set His eyes on us (for the joy set before Him Christ endured the cross) as He ran His own race to rescue us from sin and death!
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