by Mark Clements

Wednesday, July 24

Everyone Should Desire a Crown of Glory

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway,” 1 Corinthians 9:26, 27.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the most difficult to enter. It is such a popular race that, due to limits on the size of the field, runners must race a certain qualifying time just to apply. After applications are received, only the fastest runners in each division are invited to run the race. Needless to say, qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon is the major goal of most distance runners, including me. Over the five years I have been running, I have logged more than seventy-five hundred miles in order to qualify, apply and race, the Boston Marathon. I have followed specific training plans, run five marathons, and I even have a picture of the Boston Marathon finish line as the background on my phone to remind myself of my running goal. As of this writing, however, I have not yet accomplished the goal. I still have a lot of work to do in building cardiovascular fitness as well as mental and physical stamina if I am going to cross that finish line.

In today’s text, Paul likened the pursuit of God’s glory in Heaven to running a race. In order to run the most efficient race possible for the glory of God, it is necessary to run with certainty, keeping the heavenly goal at the forefront of our minds. It is also necessary to discipline our bodies and minds, maintaining focus on obedience to God’s will, and not our own.

JUST A THOUGHT: Let Heaven be the prize that guides our days.

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