Focused to Win

Focused to Win

 

We fall so easily into the trap of doing too many things.  I have heard many parents talk about how they are always eating on the run because they have at least one or two activities every night of the week.  That doesn’t even count the myriad of activities they must attend during the weekend. 

 

In watching how some people live their lives, constantly on the go, you might even think that they are in a marathon.  That may very well be the case, only there’s no prize at the end.  Paul tells us to run in such a way so that we will get the prize. (I Cor 9:24) To win the prize, we must go into strict training, beating our body, and making it our slave, so that we won’t be disqualified for the prize. (I Cor. 9:25, 27)

 

What kind of training do we need?

  1. We need to learn to run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  (Heb. 12:1) This means that we need to learn to God’s will for our own life, and not someone else’s will.
  2. We must redeem the time.  Realize that there is never going to be enough time to do everyone else’s will for your life, but there will always be enough time to do God’s will for your life. (Eph. 5:16)
  3. Fix your eyes on Jesus. (Heb. 12:2) You must get focused on what God wants you to do.  If you don’t, you may find yourself doing too much, following the crowd, only to find that you are lost in that same crowd.
  4. Find a lighter yoke. (Mt. 11:29-30) Jesus tells us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Do you need to lighten your load by getting rid of some outside activities?  If you are constantly saying, “I just can’t get everything done,” may I suggest that you ask the Lord which burdens you need to remove from your yoke?
  5. Resolve to know nothing except Christ, and Him crucified.

(I Cor. 2:2) If anything can help you keep things in the right priority and in the right perspective, it is knowing your God.

 

When we run to win, persevering in doing our Father’s will, we will receive a crown which will last forever. (I Cor. 9:25)

© 2004, Stacy R Miller

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