A Daily Devotion for Friday, March 10
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. Everyone 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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, 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.
Paul is describing the discipline we should employ in our lives every day. I need to pay attention, and consider my actions at every step. The Holy Spirit is my coach (my advocate!) to remind me to stay on track. Cutting corners and finding the easiest way is not always the best choice. I like to think of Paul's reference to "striking a blow" to his body as his nod to diet and exercise! :o)
Holy Lord, being a radical disciple in today's world requires discipline. Help me to stay the course, and make good decisions. Your Holy Spirit is my guide and helper. Amen