We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Jadi Rodriguez.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV
“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 are 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.”
Today’s FAITH Workout of the Day is from the latest FAITH + FITNESS Workout, originally published here.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments,” was something I used to say to motivate my students in my decade-long tenure as a college professor.
While that is something I still think reads like a motivational quote, it’s not something that motivates me anymore. And it’s not how I would ask you to seek the motivation to be disciplined. There is a much more biblical lens.
Temperance is another word for discipline. It is the word that Paul uses to describe the self-control that is produced by the Spirit. And it is the very sort of fruit that demonstrates the edification that should motivate you to exercise discipline.
If you are reading this, there is a 99% chance that you understand discipline. After all, FAITH RXD is a faith and fitness ministry and there is no shortage of understanding of just how much discipline is required by athletes.
Heck, it’s right there for us in the scripture! Paul actually compares our spiritual disciple with that discipline of an athlete!
So how does he liken the two?
Father, I just wish to become more Christ-like. Show me the areas in my life where I lack discipline and am missing the mark. Please forgive me for my sins and the daily blindness I have to them. Please open my eyes and show me the areas I need to surrender to you. In Jesus’ name, amen!
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