Moving Forward

August 5, 2018

1 Corinthians 9: 24-27

 We are responsible for our actions in life. In our scripture today Paul pours out his heart as he seeks to be pleasing to God by doing his best. Paul uses the training and preparation of a runner who is trying to win the race. We as servants of God must be willing to put forth the effort in order to be successful in whatever we do. We are also to do everything for the glory of the Lord. He encourages the runner to run in such a way as to win the prize. In order for us to do well in life we must be willing to keep improving and keep moving in our journey of faith. What are some of the things we need to do to keep us fresh and moving forward?

 1                    Reading

 We need to prepare our hearts to be in touch with God. King David said, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Psalm 119:97) Discipline yourself to read something each day that will help you in every area of your life, spiritually, emotionally, relationally, community involvement, developing opportunities to share with others, and helping others through what you have learned. The Word of God should be at the top of your list for daily responsibilities. Unless you take control of your life, you will realize you don’t know who you are, in other words you belong to whomever or whatever controls your time, energy, and actions.

 What has God revealed to you through His Word and books that relate to your spiritual life?

Do you spend time with God daily through the Word, prayer, and meditation?

How important is that time in your life?

 2                    Rewards

 What brings you fulfillment and satisfaction in life? We need to develop self-esteem, self-worth, and a healthy view of what is important in life. Paul said we are to run the race in order to be rewarded for our efforts. We should live in the same manner and attitude of doing things well and being rewarded for doing so. Many have developed a very low standard of expectations in life which I believe leads many to live beneath the plans and purposes of God. If one expects nothing from people or very little that is exactly what one will receive. A business that gives equal rewards for good or bad behavior, sooner or later will discover there will be much more bad behavior than good. Paul says the worldly will receive a reward that will not last, but we as Christians do things that will be rewarded eternally. Our motivation should be that we do what we do for the glory of our Lord and Savior.

 What is your motivation in life?

What is the reason you get up in the morning?

We are in the family of God and our Heavenly Father teaches us what we as His children are to be doing and why we do the things we do!

 3                    Results

 When we change from living for self and are empowered by the Lord to live for His glory we will experience the value and blessings of Spirit-filled living. The joy of pleasing the Lord becomes our strength. The Lord teaches us to be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. There is nothing we cannot do while under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The next time you face a challenging task and you think of taking the easy way out instead of doing what is right, stop and change your focus. Count the benefits and blessings of doing what is right and man up and move out. Instead of focusing on the work, focus on the fulfillment and reward of a job well done. This lifestyle will not only be rewarding and a blessing to you but will also be an encouraging example for others to follow!