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I Corinthians 9:24-25 ” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games 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.”

No one walks casually into the Olympic Games and announces they’ve decided for the fun of it to compete in a race.  Olympic athletes train for years…fully committed in all aspects of their lives with concentration and drive.  And in the end for a few, their heroic struggle pays off with a gold medal.  Our Christian life is one of training daily and fighting for victory over temptation.  James 1:12 tells us, ” Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”  We are in training for a crown of life, a crown of glory that will never fade away, and eternal victory.

I Corinthians 15: 57-58 ” But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

In these verses the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Church in Corinth to not give up in doing the Lord’s work, no matter how unimportant it may seem.   Even today in this goal oriented world, we  want anything we do for the Lord to have measurable outcomes.  So if we aren’t achieving specific concrete results, we feel that our work is insignificant.  But Paul addresses this notion earlier in his letter when he writes, ” What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?  Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” (I Corinthians 3: 5-6) We need to realize that God’s purpose is in the process not in His final goal. And each one of us have a unique role to play in this process.  For nothing we’ll ever do in the name of the Lord is futile or pointless….and no matter how big or small the task,  will it ever be a waste of time when it comes to Kingdom work.  For as long as we are obedient and persevere in the race the Lord has laid out before us, we will be victorious.

Proverbs 10:16 ” The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.”

When children are little and they disobey out of ignorance…there’s some wiggle room for correction.  Usually, just enlightening them with clear instructions will alleviate further problems.  But when there’s willful disobedience on their part…that’s when a serious discussion of the consequences of their wrongdoing is in order.  Our Heavenly Father desires us to be obedient children…not only because He commands it but for our eternal benefit.  For Proverbs 11:18 says, “He who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”  When we pursue doing the right thing, we not only receive the gift of salvation, but we are showered with God’s infinite grace and mercy.

Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, providing Believers with the assurance of eternal life.  In legal terms, the Holy Spirit is like a down payment or earnest money that secures a claim to something…like when we’re buying a car or a house.  For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within…thus sealing us for eternity through the redemptive work of the Lord.

I Corinthians 11:28 ” A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

Paul had not been with the Believers of the Church in Corinth for about three years.  But he had gotten wind of the abuses that were happening concerning the Lord’s Supper…or if you will, Holy Communion or the Eucharist.  Here he was instructing them to stop and soberly scrutinize and determine whether they were worthy of taking Communion…before they partook.   When something becomes so ritualistic and automatic, we tend to perform it without thinking…going through the motions without allowing it to impact us.   We are to examine ourselves first, before we participate…for who better to ascertain our own spiritual condition than us?  And don’t worry, what you choose to ignore…the Holy Spirit will be faithful to point it out!

Exodus 4:13 ” O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

God had gotten Moses’s attention with a burning bush.  But when God spoke to him out of it…Moses still wouldn’t believe Him.  In their short conversation, Moses objected five times, giving excuse after excuse of why he wasn’t the person to deliver the Hebrew children out of Egypt.  Here in verse 13, we find Moses still hesitating…asking God, “Isn’t there somebody else you can send?”  When we have no self-confidence, self-esteem, or self-worth it’s difficult, if not almost impossible, to see in ourselves what God sees in us.  For God sees our potential and we need to be brave enough to trust Him.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God’s gracious gift of salvation is for everyone…for He wants all to be saved.( I Timothy 2:4)  But we shouldn’t take His slowness in judgement as a sign of weakness, indecision, or wavering…but rather as long-suffering.  For it’s only by God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience is He willing to give all of us the time to change our minds and repent.