A free daily devotional from Mountain View Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Daily Devotion: Run To Win
Bible Reading: I Corinthians 9
Key Verse: Verse 24 – “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
Key Words: So run, that ye may obtain
For years joggers have been a common sight on our streets and roads. They are people who are running for health reasons. Several executives who run each day were asked by UPI journalist, Barbara Miner, what they think about while they jog. Their answers varied. One said, “My thoughts are a stream of consciousness, mostly of the immediate problems I face.” Another said, “When I have to hustle all day, it’s enriching to start off by looking at the sunrise, by watching a squirrel or falling acorn.” Still another said, “I love seeing other joggers’ t-shirts, and I wonder what occupation they are in.” Miner then referred to Tom Clark, a sports researcher, who observed that the difference between a jogger and a serious runner is mental discipline. The jogger has a stronger tendency to disassociate himself from what he is doing, which is running. Most joggers said that they use their running time to plan their business day. Few concentrate on running.
As I read this article, I was reminded that each of us as believers are in a spiritual race; and in this race there seem to be many joggers, but few serious runners. What are needed today are believers with the commitment and mental discipline required to win the prize. Our service for the Lord will not be rewarded with a crown if we just go through the motions. Let us give full concentration and dedication to the race. Paul said, “So run, that ye may obtain” (verse 24). We must run to win!!
What to do:
✞ Understand that as a born-again believer you are in a race. Run to win.
✞ Win souls – witness daily.
✞ Be faithful in every aspect of life.
✞ Honestly put your heart into God’s service.
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