Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race , but only one receives the prize ? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything . However , they do it to receive a crown that will fade away , but we a crown that will never fade away . Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air . Instead , I discipline my body and bring it under strict control , so that after preaching to others , I myself will not be disqualified . (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Accepting Jesus as your Saviour is like being admitted to the race. To win the prize you have to also accept Jesus as your Lord. This means that we need to let the Holy Spirit change us and mold us into Christ likeness.
In this scripture, Paul mentions two essential things for us to be able to win the prize, self-control and discipline. Paul’s perfect analogy with a runner gives us the clear picture that like an athlete, we Christians need to discipline ourselves on a constant basis to do the things that pleases God and ‘crucify’ those things which please the flesh and go against God’s will.
Living a life in the Spirit is the key to achieve this kind of lifestyle, this means that reading the Word will become meditating on the Word, morning prayers would be transformed in a time in which we seek God’s face with all our hearts, it also means that our singing of praise would be transformed in a melody of constant gratitude towards our Saviour King as we worship in spirit and in truth.
God is willing to award you the crown of life which never fades away, are you ready to run for your life?