Day 14: 1 Corinthians 9:22-29
From a quick glance of this passage we can miss the heart of Paul’s writings. If you’ve attended church for a while you may have heard this passage as a connection to salvation. We are all running this race called life, and in completing the race we receive our eternal prize, which is salvation.
The main takeaway from Paul’s example of an athlete in this passage is all about living a life of mission and purpose.
Paul’s purpose was to preach the Gospel, start churches, and develop leaders. He was determined to live a life on mission.
“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.”
Shadowboxing is a term where boxers spar with an imaginary opponent. In other words, Paul wasn’t just talking a big game. He wasn’t merely speaking about preaching, planting and developing. He was doing it.
There’s a fine line between preparation and implementation. Paul’s approach was to prepare and implement simultaneously. He was a man centered on mission.
For us, what stage of mission are you currently at? Are you in the game plan stages? The shadowboxing stage? Or are you ready to implement everything you’ve been working hard for?
Paul understood the importance of Jesus’ return. He felt Jesus could come at any minute, so that thought operated as a catalyst to his mission. We’re granted years of life – unfortunately some have a shorter time than others.
Our lives were never meant for idle breathes, wasted words, and meaningless action. Each of us were uniquely designed to live a life on mission. A life of pursuing Jesus, introducing Him to others, and increasing Heaven’s population.
What does this look like for you? I’m not sure.
But, one thing I do know. Identify it. Get some shadowboxing in, and get to work.
Ask yourself today: Does your daily life reflect a life that’s on mission? If not, what can you do right now to change that? (Take radical steps if need be – you don’t want to miss His plan for your life)