I appreciate goals. I’m not the type of person to simply hang up my hat. (‘Er cap.) I need that thinking cap! Settling down isn’t likely going to happen. So I keep setting goals both physically and spiritually.
When I feel as if I’m not getting anywhere, life becomes frustrating. I need more patience. If I look back at the wrong things I begin to stumble. I take my eyes off the goal. Remembering the struggles of the past can slow me down and trip me up.
Therefore, we must set our sights ahead of us, keeping our eyes on the end result. Whether that goal is physical or spiritual, focus and self-discipline will help us to win that prize.
So we run the race with perseverance and determination, even making our bodies slaves for the sake of those things we desire.
“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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The words above are the apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthian church. Paul not only desired to win souls for Christ, but he also desired to know Christ. Therefore he made Himself a slave for the sake of the Lord.
Imagine any person that you’ve ever desired to know deeply and intimately. We can draw close to Jesus and have that close connection with Him as well. We can achieve this goal not only through reading Scripture, praise and worship, but also by actively living out our faith in Him. All goals take a bit of a beating to the body, but the end result is worth becoming slaves for the sake of all that we love and desire.