Paul’s task was to preach the gospel, he shares his experience: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with a purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1Cor 9: 25-27.
If we are going to shoot blindly at every opportunity that comes our way without proper training, self-discipline and ignorant of the means it takes, we can be sure to lose! There’s no purpose in it. The precious time God blessed us with, is wasted on a lot of aimless activities, excessive watching of TV, movie addiction, social media etc.
We need to work up, sweat out, and put ourselves to rigorous training mentally and physically, submitting to God’s Will, letting Him lead the way, and only then can we be sure, confident in Christ, that there’s a prize for us at the end of this road.
Flee from the worship of idols 1Cor 10:14, 15
Wonder why God created us? “I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.” Is 43:7
In the very first commandment, God instructed “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” Exodus 20: 2, 3, 4
Whatever object, or image, or person that takes God’s place in our life becomes an idol. We must cultivate the attitude of giving the first best to God in ‘tithe’ as well as our talents, physical strength by actively and enthusiastically working for His Kingdom. (Heb 7:2)
“Don’t boast about following a particular human leader” 1 Cor 3:21
Our fangirl moments about worship leaders, preachers, also, the hip and pop culture in the world can deter us from glorifying God.
God warns us to step out of the herd mentality, recognize the human limitations and give credit to Him, the Omnipotent Lord, in everything. Symbolically, Jesus explained how hard it is for the rich (and influential) to enter the Kingdom. What is impossible with man is possible with God.
“Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God:” Mark 10:27
Tejaswi Ravinder is an independent, journalist and budding legal eagle