Message by Pastor Hanson (Be Transformed Temple)
1 Corinthians 9:25 states “Everyone who competes in the game 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.” NIV
Sporting events were big in Paul’s days, like today. The Isthmian Games was second in prestige to the ancient Olympics, Corinth happened to be the host centre of these games. So the Corinthian Christians were very much used to athletics and athletes, the Apostle draws on this to communicate some very important spiritual truths.
The first thing he observed was the strictness with which the athletes trained, he captured it strict training, by maintaining a very punishing schedule for daily training and a very regulated diet, reduce social interaction to the minimum possible level etc.
All this was done only to be awarded a crown of celery, however under the influence of the Romans this was changed to a crown of pine leaves, much later winners were given 100 drachmae, an equivalent of 100 days’ wages approximately $5000 in today’s terms.
These rewards were not meant to last forever, but our Christian race is meant to earn us an enduring prize. Wow !!! What a joy to know this, what kind of strict training do you subject yourself to because of this enduring prize? Some fast once a week, some make sure they attend an all-night once a week, some try to talk to at least a soul every day about Jesus, some ensure they wake up by 4:30 am to enable them to spend at least an hour with the Lord every day before leaving the house in the morning, some pay their tithe so religious without fail, some support the underprivileged somewhere, some are so dedicated to their assignment in the house of God and they do it with a touch of excellence.
The modern man’s life is so self-centred, that you get people giving you a long list of excuses why they can’t live a strict training kind of life.
May the Holy Spirit help us see the vanity fair of the things we so burn and waste our resources on. Strive for that enduring prize, list the number of things you going to do, to ensure you to obtain the ultimate prize.
Have a blessed day.