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. 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. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, 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.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I was convicted as a read this this morning. Am I training as hard and as well as I could or should be? Absolutely not. I don't want to train today, but I'm called to. I don't understand, there's too much going on in my every day to day! I can't possibly find the time! Oh, but what am I filling my day with? Things of the world? Absolutely. Is my life easy? Yes, it usually is. Is that because I am deserving, of course not. Only by His GRACE and MERCY am I alive. May we run this race, not alone but together, spurring each other to get the prize. Can we earn the Prize? Nope. But we can be disciplined to read and study the Word, serve and spread the Gospel. What prize is worth a lifetime of blood, sweat and tears? Only one.
ETERNITY WITH OUR SAVIOR.