S E L F – C O N T R O L
I Corinthians 9:25
What would it be like to compete for something that will not tarnish on your bookshelf? All my trophies are collecting dust and fading in their importance. What would be a prize worth striving for that never fades, but requires great effort and concentration of will to achieve? The Bible speaks of such a prize.
In Paul's first letter to his friends in Corinth at chapter 9 and verse 25 it says, “And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.” We all need some self-control.
Some of us need self-control over our tongues, for others it's with our tempers, with others it's our appetites or our time or study habits or something else.
Why is self-control so important? It keeps us from living our lives in an out of control way and from losing focus on the most important matters of life. Without some self-control our lives would resemble a skidding car headed for the ditch and a horrible crash.
The writer spoke of competing for a prize. In today's competition you'll be pursuing a prize and it will require self-control for you to maximize your gifts and abilities toward the goal of winning the contest.
Pray for the fruit of self-control to be evident in your life today and approach the field of competition with great confidence in its presence. Let's compete in such a way that leads to winning prizes, both perishable and eternal.
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