“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. But I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:25, 27
If you’re an athlete or coach it should be in your nature to compete on the field. If you don’t want to compete then something is wrong and you probably need to get out of the game you love.
The apostle Paul gives us an athletic picture and illustration. Look at what he says: “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things.”
Paul is reminding us to maintain “self-control” in our daily walk with the Lord. Guarding our witness and examine our own personal behavior closely. Being sensitive to our conscience when it condemns us for wrong-doing.
Then Paul tells us how to do that. Listen to what he says: “But I discipline my body and make it my slave.”
Paul reminds us to make discipline an utmost priority and that we need to discipline our body in such a way that we make it “our slave.” We place a guard over what we see. What we do. What we say. Where we go.
It is a daily grind, a fight, a competition if you will to beat our fleshly mortal body into submission to the obedience of Christ, pleasing only an audience of One. And why do we do this? So that, we don’t become “disqualified” by losing our influence, our impact on others, and forfeit leaving a spiritual legacy in life that will long out live us when we are gone. What a tragedy that would be.
Compete! Be Disciplined! Don’t give in! Fight! Our witness, influence, impact and legacy are at stake and demands that we do.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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