Like leaves falling from a tree, it seems people fall away from Christ in the slightest breeze.
THAT’S NOT WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO.
We are better than that. God gives us the perseverance to stick with him though all circumstances.
Look at our example in 1 Corinthians 9:23-27.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 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.”
Paul is giving us a rousing pep talk in this passage.
He’s revealing how to follow Christ even when it’s hard.
- First, we must run as if we’re the only one who can win.
- Second, we must exercise self-control in all areas of our life.
- Third, we must always focus on our purpose and keep our goal in our thoughts.
- Fourth, we must remember that we set an example with how we live, and others will find success or failure by following our example.
Living for Christ isn’t an assured thing. We must work at it. Just like keeping a nice home, maintaining our car, or supporting our spouse and family, we get out of it what we put into it.
This life is a race, and we must do our best to win. We build our strength by prayer and studying God’s Word.
We can stay the course when we are grounded in him.
God is our champion, and in him, we will find success in all things.
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