Day 185/260: Read 1 Corinthians 9
Athletic metaphors can be used to help one understand the seriousness of the Christian life. One would not enter into an athletic endeavor without first training to ready himself to compete effectively. There is no point in competing if the goal is not to be the victor.
Paul encourages the Corinthians in the Christian race, “Run in such a way that you may obtain (the prize).” Just as an athlete trains his body—“is temperate in all things”—so, too, must the Christian train his behavior and lifestyle. Getting caught up in some sinful activity will only damage your ability to run the Christian race successfully.
“Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.” It is important, when training for a physical competition, to know your goal so you can healthily take care of your body. One can know what sort of diet he needs and what exercises to do to achieve the type of muscles needed for a specific athletic event.
Similarly, in the spiritual sense man can know what is right and what is wrong by studying and learning what God has revealed. In applying those things to his life, he can confidently live for Christ, knowing the outcome. “And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5).
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Pray for strength in your spiritual training through the Word.