“Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable. Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified“.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Paul had spent a lot of time with the new Corinthian church, and moved on to spread the good news… and like those in the old testament – the Corinthian church turned inwards, divided and had no order. They were far from unified and full of problems. Yes they had been one of the early ACT churches – but they stopped living what they said they believed.
Sounds like the United States in 2021 (nation, communities, church and families); we say unity, but create more problems at every turn. We say we believe one thing, and do the other. However as Kingdom Men we are to approach and solve problems, analyzing underlying issues, and seek biblical values to guide our actions.
Paul talks to us – the men here; winning a race requires purpose and discipline. Sorry walking a marathon might get you a finisher medallion “WOOHOO”, but don’t dare compare your effort with the winner who finished 2.5 hours ahead of you. That elite athlete is committed to hard work, self-denial, and grueling preparation. As Kingdom Men we are also running towards a heavenly reward – that means real time in the Bible, heartfelt prayer, and joyful worship so we run with vigor and stamina.
So are you observing from the grandstand? Or maybe you jog a couple laps in the morning, and get back to your iPhone? Or do you realize that there is no tapping out with an enemy trying to beat the living crap out of you?? Do you not realize your progress – physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, relationally requires diligent training – IT DEPENDS ON IT.
The Joshua Commission is assembling in Chattanooga TN on 9 April for a pre-mission briefing. Then on 10 April we will train on the Chickamauga National Battlefield – visiting the lessons there to prepare, to learn from that hard work and sacrifice, to learn how to aim Holy Weapons, through the chaos that surrounds us.
Daily Battle Order: Do you have real self-discipline? Are you willing to spend 36 hours taking an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses and your self discipline. Join TJC 9-10 April on YOUR battlefield; and ramp-up that long steady course to shape yourself, channel your natural appetites towards God’s purposes for you. Or are you willing to be disqualified?