WEDNESDAY March 7, 2018
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. - 1 Corinthians 9:25
The Apostle Paul explained to the Corinthians that, when a person was competing for a prize, they should view them as if they were in a wrestling match. Wrestling is very strenuous on your body. When someone is wrestling, they have learned how to take down their opponent and pin them to the ground to win. The word temperate means “to make a lot of sacrifice.” This happens especially when it comes to training. Someone who competes in a wrestling match must watch their diet and train very hard to make the team.
Paul made another good point as he gave an eternal perspective to Christians. An athlete will spend a lot of time and effort training and competing for a temporal prize, but a Christian must live a disciplined life for the reward of an imperishable crown! The Bible tells us of other crowns that can be given as a reward in heaven. First Thessalonians 2:19 speaks about the crown of rejoicing: For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? In James 1:12 is mentioned the crown of life: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
Also, in 2 Timothy 4:8, we find the crown of righteousness: ...there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. As Christians, if we are to compete in a spiritual race, then we need to lead a disciplined life of sacrifice and holiness. In the end, the Lord will be the One to hand out the crowns.
There are no crown-bearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below.
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