Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NLT)
26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
We talk a lot about purpose. We have purpose statements, purpose emphasis, and study about being purpose driven. Yet do we live our lives with purpose. The definition of purpose is “the reason for which something is done or created or for which it exists.” When we say we are living with purpose as Christian means that are lives are based or driven by our desire to be closer to God. It also means that we do not live haphazardly in our spiritual lives and that everything we do is geared toward reaching that goal. What Paul is saying is that he did not “run… aimlessly.” He kept God-given goals before him. He did not fight the battle against sin, evil, and unbelief by random human effort. He aimed where the Spirit directed him to (Horton, I & II Corinthians). Furthermore, he was not going to allow his physical desires to derail his spiritual progress. He disciplined his body so that it would fulfill his purpose to serve Christ. He didn’t want all his efforts to come to nothing because his physical desires over-ruled his spiritual purpose. He was aware that if he continually gave into his physical desires it would consistently lead him into sin. We need to see sin’s effects kind of like rust on a car; by the time we see it’s there it’s too late. Paul is very aware that if doesn’t live life with spiritual purpose he could lose everything he had worked for, including his own salvation. Let’s live our lives like we have purpose, and if we do, we will receive the prize we long for.