So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
- 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NLT)
There are a lot of references in Scripture that refers to sports; especially running a race.
Here is 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul is using a race as a metaphor for doing what he is called to do in his life and finishing well.
The juxtaposition in this text is the contrast of an earthly prize compared to an eternal prize.
Earthly athletes focus on a medal, a trophy, or some sort of accolade that will be placed on a shelf or thrown away or maybe the person completely forgets about its meaning……What’s the Purpose?
When a Believer is running his race of Purpose, it has an eternal meaning!
Paul states in verse 22,
“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ.”
Running a spiritual race with eternity in mind, it changes our perspective and what is most important.
When a Believer runs the eternal race, there is a spiritual formation that is taking place in that person. However, the metamorphosis is not just for that particular person.
He is transformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others!
Spiritual formation is "the process of being conformed to the image
of Christ for the sake of others" - Robert Mulholland
What is YOUR Purpose?
Are you looking to complete your calling for your sake?
Or, do you want to bring people with you as you GO!
Our spiritual journey is like rungs on a ladder.
The higher you get on the ladder, the tougher it gets to maintain balance.
If you go at it alone, you will experience insecurity and fear.
If you put your trust fully in the Lord, you will always feel that hand of security.
Let me ask you this:
Have you ever climbed a ladder by yourself and the higher you get the ladder seems to get more unstable….And you get more unstable!
You start getting a funny feeling in your belly and you get dizzy and if you do not grab hold you will fall.
But, if you have help and that person is holding the ladder steady and holding on to your ankle, you are more confident.
Don’t take a step without the guidance of the Lord.
To run your race with PURPOSE and run it well, it is to be steadied by the hand of Jesus.
Let Jesus hold the ladder for you and steady your steps.
When Jesus has your steps steady, then you can take people up the ladder with you. You can take people on your journey with you!
Don’t follow your PURPOSE alone. There are people in your circle that have been placed there for you to bring up.
PURPOSE involves others!
Run Your Race with Purpose!
Finish Your Race Well!
"Jesus, I believe everyone that is hearing this or reading this devotion wants to run their race with purpose and finish well.
Lord, give us a desire for people. Help us acquire a desire to nurture and bring people up the ladder with us.
Help us in our journey as we complete our purpose.
Be patient with us as we fail and teach us to run with the purpose that You have created in each individual.
Thank you for being our Hope and helping us in our journey.
In Jesus name, Amen."