1 Corinthians 9:25 – Training for The Olympic Games

Join us in the Project 345 reading plan as we read through the New Testament.

Context: Paul is talking about disciplining his body, so that he can become all things to all people so that they can come to know Christ.  “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…

1 Corinthians 9:25 “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.”

Observation: With the Olympics coming, we will have the opportunity to see many athletes that have gone through strict training with the goal of winning a medal that is temporary.  At the same time, we have the opportunity to train spiritually to win souls (eternal) and eternal rewards.

Application: Today, I want to train spiritually.  I want to make an effort to let God work in and through me and to mature me through prayer, worship, Bible reading and loving others.

If you boiled your life down, are you training for a crown that will last?

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2 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 9:25 – Training for The Olympic Games

  1. I love the Olympic analogy! I am getting very excited for London! Think of all the sacrifices the athletes have made (time with family / friends, diet, training, sleep, social activies, etc). Great application for all of us in our daily relationship with God!

    1. I’m so pumped for the trip Beth. I was thinking this morning, I wonder what the athletes are doing to prepare today? Will I be that disciplined to prepare for something with eternal significance?

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