1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Scripture

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Observation

  • Paul gives an illustration that those who run in a race do so to win the prize at the end, but there is only one who actually wins the prize
  • He encourages the Corinthians to run in such a way that they might receive the prize at the end
  • Back to his illustration, Paul says that those who plan on competing in a race train and discipline their bodies in order to compete
  • They do this so they might receive the prize at the end which will disappear with time.
  • However, Christians work towards a prize that is eternal and will never disappear
  • Based on this illustration Paul encourages them to live their lives to gain the eternal prize at the end of their lives, don’t live aimlessly but focused
  • Another illustration, don’t be a boxer that just flails their arms, but rather one that puts his punches in the right place to win the fight
  • Paul concludes that his life is an example of someone who chooses to do things –or give up his rights – so that not only will others benefit from the gospel but he will benefit having lived his life for it

Application

The message here is pretty clear. The main mission of a Christian is to both experience and share the good news of Jesus. Paul simply tells us to live our lives like an athlete lives theirs. Focused on winning. For us winning is entering into the Father’s presence for all eternity and when we stand before Him hearing those words “Well done good and faithful servant” – Matthew 25:23. Paul’s last words aren’t saying that we are saved by running the race but that we run the race because we are saved. If you don’t live for the gospel, there is a question about whether you ever received the gospel. For anyone who has been loved so well and so completely, should be compelled to share that love with others

Prayer

Father, forgive me for making my life about so many things that don’t really matter. Forgive me for wasting time and energy. Help me focus more on what really matters, knowing you and making You known to others. I want to hear “well done” when I stand before You. Show me where I can more faithfully serve You and where I can more faithfully serve others, that I might live this life to the fullest. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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