24 “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 someone running aimlessly;
I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
27 No, I strike a blow to 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 NIV
Striving for a Crown-
24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, 
but one receives the prize? 
Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.
Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, 
but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty.
Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection,
lest, when I have preached to others,
I, myself, should become disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Message


Last Friday I posted a Bible Verse about slothfulness.

The weekend was very busy looking after grandchildren (7:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.) on Friday. On Saturday we went on a six-hour road trip to celebrate family members Birthdays. It was a delightful day filled with sunshine and fellowship. Sunday we went to church and visited with family for a Birthday afterwards.

I did not get back to the topic of “slothfulness” until today.

However, today we begin a new week. I read the perfect Bible Verse to get us back to the thoughts of not being slothful, becoming more disciplined!

In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul teaches the Corinthian Church the importance of self-discipline. He compares the Christian life to a race. Believers are to give their all to the race set before them in God’s strength.

We must not pamper ourselves but go into “strict training” as Paul says.

Self-denial is the order of the day according to the apostle Paul. To secure the prize, we need to run with perseverance, discipline, and encouragement from God’s word and promises help us run the race with grace.

Just as an individual adheres to a strict diet so does the Christian in learning self-discipline for Christian living. It is not an easy race. We will encounter hardships, trials, and uphill battles. Yet the example of Paul and above all the example of Jesus Christ, teaches the Christian all about coping in God’s strength to be victorious! We win in God’s strength and the conquering spirit of Jesus Christ.

We must stay the course and guard against any snags along the way.

Let us look to the captain of our race to keep us strong for the task, to maintain us in the journey, to uphold us in the fight.

May it be that as Paul we learn self-discipline, run hard to win, and strive to win the crown of life eternal. Yes, we rely on God to help us, yet our part is to persevere in His strength and to be disciplined in the journey.

As I aim to get stronger this summer with my health, these Bible Verses are a huge encouragement to me in the spiritual sense, but also in the practical sense.

What about you?

Can you learn to grow in self-discipline? Do you need to grow in strength, perseverance, and motivation?

Won’t you commit this to the LORD with me today this Monday morning in May?

And may God give us each success as we run for Him!

The prize is worth discipling ourselves for, the crown of eternal life as we stay on the path of God’s leading.









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