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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
At times we must even give up something good in order to do what God wants. Each person’s special duties determine the discipline and denial that he or she must accept. Without a goal, discipline is nothing but self-punishment. With the goal of pleasing God, our denial seems like nothing compared to the eternal, imperishable reward that will be ours.
When Pal says he might be disqualified, he does not mean that he could lose his salvation but rather that he could lose his privilege of telling others about Christ. It is easy to tell others how to live and then not to take our own advice. We must be careful to practice what we preach. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches, 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.
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. –1 Corinthians 9:24 (NRSV)
Matt Miofsky (Missouri) titled his story “ASH WEDNESDAY;” here is a portion of Matt’s story:
“As a former college football player, I take special notice when Paul refers to sports. . . .
“Every two years, over 200 countries worldwide send their very best athletes to compete in the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. I love learning the backstories of the athletes – their inspiring journeys of perseverance, courage, and dedication. . . . Their stories remind me that it is easy to be a fan but hard to be an athlete. Being a fan requires little; but being an athlete requires training, discipline, and perseverance.
“Paul makes the same point about our life of faith. Following Jesus requires discipline and perseverance. As we enter into the season of Lent, Paul’s letters remind us to practice the self-discipline necessary to grow in Jesus’ likeness each day. By taking on new habits or disciplines during Lent, we can grow closer to Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What new practice can help me grow closer to Christ?
Prayer: Holy God, help us not only to proclaim the name of Jesus, but to follow him with dedication and passion. Amen.
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