Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Observation: Exercising self control results in an eternal reward.
Application: Athletes are dedicated individuals who put in a maximum amount of preparation and training in order to win their event. Who won the 200m gold medal in the last Olympics? I have no idea, and I'm sure most people don't remember. It was a perishable prize. But to the winner, it was worth it.
As believers, are we putting in a maximum amount of effort into our spiritual lives? Are we engaged in spiritual training? Are we spreading the gospel? Are we being intentional about living our lives in such a way that God is glorified? Are we doing all that we can for the Kingdom? Because those results are worth it. Those results will last for eternity.
Prayer: Dear God, help me not to become so wrapped up in the things of this world that I neglect my spiritual development. Break my heart for what breaks yours. Help my eyes to see through Kingdom-coloured glasses. Help me to be proactive and intentional about living my life to glorify You. Amen.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Job 28-29; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18