Strive for a Crown

Strive for a Crown

Ijust finished doing my workout. The fitness instructor on the video said something that stuck with me. She said that if we aim to build and tone a specific body area, we must not aimlessly do it.

If we live without a purpose, we are headed nowhere. Being fit and healthy is not easy. Exercising is a discipline. I don’t always feel like working out and I sometimes have to literally drag my body. Today is one of those days. I’m not motivated. I don’t know why but I feel tired this week. I didn’t even feel like working. I was pondering on whether I should exercise or not but when I thought about the diseases that I could get from a sedentary lifestyle, I got on my feet!

Then I had an epiphany. It’s the same with our walk with God. We must not follow Him aimlessly. We must follow God ablaze for a crown. Our pastor said in one of his sermons that we should not be content just to enter heaven. We must desire to receive a reward from the Lord. It also says in 1 Corinthians 9 that we must strive for a crown.

vv. 24-27 “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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

We must live and not just exist—thrive and not just survive. We are not born in this world to just eat, drink, sleep, make money, have a family, etc. We have a purpose and we must seek God to find it. There is a reason we are here.

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