February 21st, 2019
Run with Spiritual Pose and Purpose
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (KJB) I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
I know we have all seen a boxing match a time or two where one of the opponents gets exceptionally tired in the ring. He begins to cast out punches seemingly into the dead air not connecting any to the face or body of his opponent. Maybe it is a last-ditch effort to connect with an uppercut or across the body to catch the other guy unexpectedly.
Most often the punch never connects. The last-ditch effort sails into the wind. The boxer who is the most tired never scores enough points or ends up going down on the matt for the count as his opponent declares victory with his hands pumping up in the air.
This is precisely what Paul does not want to do with his life. Or for you to miss critical spiritual opportunities in your life. He does not want you to miss the punch or run in a wayward fashion. Or to beat the dead air and get struck by the opponent’s nasty left hook.
Paul is encouraging men of God to run the spiritual race in this world with holy pose and purpose. Every day when your feet hit the ground begin the day with a godly attitude and be a winner in the world’s arena for Christ. Don’t swing wildly without following God’s witnessing plan. Go for the prize with spiritual gusto connecting with others solidly with a passion for things of Christ in this world.