1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ
Images of the recent world soccer cup champions were heartwarming. The faces represented joy, fulfillment, sense of accomplishment, profound pride, and immense gratitude. Their success is undoubtedly a direct result of years of resilience, hard work, devotion, discipline, and determination. We can infer that these athletes did not allow their past failures and losses to hinder them from reaching their goal.
This image triggered a thought in my mind about the victorious Christian. We are athletes not on this worlds playground but on its battle field. And as such we are instructed to endure till the end. No matter what our struggles and disappointments, no matter how many times we may have failed, we are encouraged to remain steadfast. Regardless of our failures we are reminded of the promise that we have been given victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s devote ourselves to the standards our Lord has set for us. Let’s remain determined to “press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14.
Like Paul, let’s commit to a life of discipline so that we may not be disqualified from the race. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27No, 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
Like devoted and resilient athletes, let’s aim for the eternal prize!
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 24Do 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. 25Everyone 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.