DISCIPLINE YOUR BODY
Our bodies are a temple of God. Consequently, we need to discipline our bodies. We cannot abuse our bodies, for they are a dwelling place for God. Our minds and hearts also need discipline. Abusing our bodies produces bad health. Discipline involves exercising and eating healthy while avoiding things that would contaminate our entire being. Paul was mindful of the need to discipline his body. Today’s scripture reference I Corinthians 9:27.
“I discipline 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.”
Paul realized the importance of discipline. In this chapter, he wrote that all athletes are disciplined in their training toward winning a prize. That prize will soon fade. The believer, however, does it for the eternal prizes. He wrote that he runs with patience and discipline. He has disciplined himself through training, knowing that in a race, a prize is given. Paul is not just playing around and shadow boxing, for he wants to stay fit.’ He wanted his preaching to have purpose not only for others but also for himself. Paul wanted his life to be pleasing unto God, and he worked hard. Paul’s words are so true. You must keep working at training, equipping and disciplining yourself so that God will get the glory from your life. Whatever you do, do not stop disciplining your body. Work every day to become strong in the Lord.