Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 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.
Paul may have been at some kind of sporting event when he realized how similar living for God is to be part of a successful sport. Each athlete had to prepare and compete.
Notice a couple phrases “run to win”, and “I run with purpose” and “not just shadowboxing”. All three phrases give us insight in to what it is to enjoy life, to do well in life and to know God.
Life is not meant to be a series of chance happenings. Life is built by God to have meaning. Are you living with meaning? God has given each of us purpose. Are you living with purpose? Find your purpose directly from God, the source and reason for life.
Jesus came to earth with purpose. Within the verses above we find some thoughts that will help us seek God and allow His guiding to give us purpose and to adjust our aim.
Sunday we began a new series called “Prize Fighter”, and over the next several weeks we will discuss living with purpose, planning our future, letting go of our past and training for a glorious future that points completely to God.
Spend some time today seeking God and asking Him to define or redefine your purpose. Living in that purpose will change your life and the lives of all the people around you!
Micah 7:7 NASB
But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.