Here are some verses I read in my Quiet Time this morning that I thought I’d share: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 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.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
The verse that talks about strict training has to do with self-control. Self-control, or discipline, is crucial to victory. Without it, the runners could not endure the race.
“Run in such a way as to get the prize.” Isn’t that a neat verse? We should be pressing towards the goal, forgetting what is behind, and straining towards what is ahead, as it says in Philippians 3:13-14. What is the goal? Christlikeness! We should be continually becoming more like Christ. Of course, this can only happen through our diligence in studying His Word, praying and having a relationship with Him, and obediently following His commands.