Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 9

Finishing_the_marathonI don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. 1Corinthians 9:26-27 (TM)

I had the television on last night and heard mention of the average life span for an American male. It’s been right around the 72 year mark for some time. Which means, at best, I’m on the backstretch of this marathon called life. Most people spend years not giving much thought to the finish line of life. You are young, you are strong out of the gate, and you are running hard….to where?

Death is a subject that most of us would rather avoid, but the truth is we will all finish this race someday. There is no guarantee when you will cross the tape. Some will live well beyond 72, and some will cross the finish line well before that. What if I’m in the homestretch and I don’t even know it? Am I running this life aimlessly? Am I running sloppy with no thought to how I finish?

Marathons are not generally won in a photo finish. Marathons are won by the person who trains and gives careful thought to his or her pace, strength, timing, body, and desire throughout the race.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and rbackowski

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 9”

  1. Tom, your words this morning couldn’t ring more true. Yesterday we got a call that one of Beck’s cousins from Sully had a brain aneurysm and will be taken off life support today. He went to sleep Wed night and never woke up. He has 4 young kids and is in his mid-40s. The finish may be nearer than we think. That gives even more emphasis on living with the understanding that life could be a sprint…not a marathon…either way work toward the finish line.

  2. 19-23Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!
    This passage encompasses how I want to serve Christ. I want to meet people where they are, serve them and show them Christ. I don’t want to take on their way of life, but I also don’t want the “Christian blinders” that limits who we come in contact with. I trust that God will provide and bless those relationships.

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