Sunday, March 11, 2007

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 -- It's a race, not a Sunday social.

24Do 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. 25Everyone 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. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, 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.

So much for passive Christianity. Paul once again clearly portrays the Christian life as very interactive. It is a life of doing; of responding to who we are in Christ in an aggressive manner. We are not called to sit back and hope that everything will work itself out and that we will finish the race a winner. No, we are called run the race aggressively. We are are called to train ourselves (spiritual disciplines). We are called to fight. We are even called to "beat" our own bodies into submission and make it a slave (to righteousness rather than to sin). Why? So that we can live a happy life? No. We are called to live an aggressive life for Christ in which we forsake our flesh so that we may finish the race, not be disqualified, win the race, and get the prize. The Christian life is a race; not a Sunday social or an afternoon stroll. It is serious business with serious consequences; both for this life and the life to come. Be sober, be alert, be prepared, and run!

Lord, thank you for your grace that helps me run in such a way as to win. Thank you for helping me every step of the way. Thank you for Christ so that in him I can actually run the race without being disqualified. I am so lost without you. I am so prone to a life of selfishness and sin without you. Thank you for saving me and changing me so that I may run without being disqualified and instead win the prize.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

What a challenge! Thanks for the reminder.