1 Corinthians 9:26-27 – So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
The call to serve the Lord is serious and requires 100% commitment.
Paul’s tone in this passage reflects his seriousness & commitment towards his calling.
He is focused on his goals, unwilling to compromise, unwilling to give in to his fleshly desires, unwilling to fail or give-up in any condition.
Where does Paul get his strength and determination from?
In 1 Corinthians 2:2 he writes “I determined to know nothing while I was with you – except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”
In Philippians 4:13 he says “I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me”
Paul also encourages the church in Rome in Romans 12:11 saying “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in Spirit, serve the Lord”
Paul’s determination comes from knowing Christ and his saving grace.
It is Christ, his compelling love that pushes us to live a determined life, fulfill our calling and purpose for which we are created.
Do you realize that we too have this great privilege just like Paul, to draw strength from our relationship with Christ?
If you do, then I want to encourage you to go to him every day and ask for his Spirit, to help, to guide and lift you up to achieve great things for the Kingdom of God.