Make a Way for the One: Week 3 - Day 5
Lord, humble my heart to hear what you want me to learn today from your Word. Break down any barriers I have so that I may follow after you with everything I am.
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
“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.”
In the Bible app, YouVersion, the heading for this passage is titled “The Need for Self-Discipline”. If you know any runners (like the example in this verse), you know they have to train for endurance, for strength, for focus. They have to discipline themselves to eat properly and to treat their body in such a way that they have the highest potential to achieve their goal…making it to the finish line and, hopefully, be the first one across. It’s not easy, and it’s not quick to go through this training. It takes tenacity and keeping your eyes on the prize, doing everything possible to make your body do what you want it to do.
So it is with the Christian life, except our prize is Jesus and the life he offers through salvation. Along the way, as followers of Christ, the path is not going to be an easy one. There will be mountains, valleys, curves in the road, potholes…all of them challenging. In Mark 10, Jesus called his disciples to leave everything to follow him, promising a hundredfold blessing in return. In Luke 9, he tells them to take up their cross daily and follow him. This life of following after Christ is hard, but his purpose in that hardship is ultimately for his glory and our good, with a great reward in heaven one day.
Just a reminder…people are watching how you run this race…people who desperately need a Savior. Stay the course, run with all your might (giving glory to God every step of the way), and someone watching may one day want to know what that prize is all about. Today be reminded of this verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) He’s given us the message of reconciliation to share with the world, not wanting any to perish. Go run your race today, be disciplined, and reach out to the lost people in your life.
Oh, Father! I pray that today my eyes will be open for the lost around me. May I never forget how much you love the world and the people who need a hope for the future. Open my mouth to speak your words of reconciliation and salvation to the people around me.