Staying on Course
Your life with God is the race of your life. But as you run, it’s easy to get off course. Be alert to the things that hinder your running. There’s no guarantee you’ll run well. So, fix your eyes on Jesus and run for His approval. Stay on course and live to please God.
Before we jump to the spiritual metaphor, let’s consider the running of a literal race. What’s required for a runner to run and win a race?
Take a moment to ponder the primary race-running passage in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. What are the keywords in this passage? What is the prize Paul talks about in these verses? For similar ideas, compare 2 Timothy 2:5 and Philippians 3:13-14.
Read Galatians 5:7. Consider the hinderances in your race with God. How can deception, disobedience, and discouragement hinder you as you run toward the prize?
Read 1 Timothy 4:8. What spiritual exercises help you experience victory in this life and the next? In what way can your temporal spiritual disciplines or habits affect your life in eternity later?
How is the believer’s concern about experiencing God’s disapproval different from a fear of hell (a fear no Christian ever has to experience)?
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