“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
Paul was talking about the race to win a prize – where only one person can win a prize in a race. We are not in a race for the prize of eternal life. We don’t need to push others out of the way, but we are easily subject to our own base needs and desires, and our bodies can sometimes let us down. Paul is determined not to have any physical distractions or desires in the path towards his Lord. Paul does not want to lose his own message of Jesus’ love and salvation that he preaches so well to so many. While we are not in a race for God, the course we all travel is tricky, narrow and strewn with man-made obstacles. Sometimes we put them there ourselves. Let us all try and keep our hearts and minds focussed on where we are going and where we want to end up. God does indeed have a prize waiting for you. And for me. And for everyone who chooses to take it from His hand. Let us not be aimless with our lives, but keep moving towards the goal of eternal salvation and being with Him, forever.
Dear Lord, our own efforts to reach You would fail completely but for the gift of our beloved Saviour. We give thanks for the prize You so freely give to all of us, and give praise to You for Your love and care to all. In His name, Amen.