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PERSEVERANCE

DEVIN SWANK

1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

 When we are in the thick of everyday life we can tend to forget the reason we’re here. Wake up, shower, drink coffee, go to school, go to work, do homework, watch Netflix, go to bed. Repeat. We begin to wonder in the monotony of life when our big God moment is going to happen or when we’ll be able to do wonderful works for his kingdom. But the truth is those moments are happening every day, even in the monotony.

Every single act we do, no matter how big or small, can be done for the glory of God. You don’t have to wait for that mission trip to Haiti to do God’s work or to attend that Christian conference. But as the verse above says, “competing” in the game of life requires strict training. This could involve spending time with Jesus, reading his word, or even saying no to people or areas in your life you know will distract you from the eternal prize.

If there is something in your life that is distracting you from running the race, ask God to help you identify it and then get rid of it. It could be what you’re watching, looking at on the internet, people you’re hanging out with, parties you’re going to; whatever it may be, if it pulls your focus away from God, get rid of it. Then, be ready to live every moment for God, even the small and boring ones.

QUESTION 1. Do you find it hard to live for God when life feels dull and monotonous? Have you been waiting for your big God moment?
QUESTION 2. What may be distracting you from running your race effectively?
CHALLENGE: Live every day for God, remembering that we are working for an eternal prize.