I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
by Denise Addison
Indiana LM Secretary
"Run to Win"
Growing up I enjoyed various activities of different types of competitions. I can remember on field day in elementary school, running the 50 yard dash, 100 yard dash, and playing dodgeball. I have a couple of ribbons from winning. Even won 1st place in an art drawing. Still have the picture from it. Honestly, today I do not remember who won 1st, 2nd or 3rd on these events. I only know I won because of having a ribbon to show for it.
Please note: In the scriptures I use the New Living Translation. If you’d prefer, you can always reference the Kings James version.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
“24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to!
25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
27 I disciple my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
When competing in the Olympics, athletes will train consistently daily such as long runs, speed work and strength training. Often they will have a coach who will direct them, what to eat, and physical training needed. Believe it or not, days off are non-negotiable. Off days they might do lighter activities just maybe not so strenuous. In a spiritual sense, we have a Pastor who will lead us by preaching and directing our walk with God.
Philippians 3:14 NLT
“14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Our daily walk to receive that heavenly prize needs to be disciplined. A daily walk with our Lord through prayer, studying his word and striving to live according to the truth.
2 Timothy 2:5
“And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules”. What is the eternal prize? Luke 18:18…”Good teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” We all know things here on earth pass away, but what about after? To obtain the heavenly prize, the Bible gives us clear and concise “rules”. In Acts 2:38 KJV, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost”.
2 Timothy 4:8
8 “And now the prize awaits me-the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
This heavenly prize is for whosoever will. I am running to win…my heavenly prize!!!!