Friday, 04 February 2022
“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” – 1 Corinthians 9: 27 NLT
In the world of business, I’m always fascinated by how some companies thrive for a certain period of time and eventually crumble (eg Yahoo, Enron) while others grow from strength to strength (eg Mircosoft, Coke). I sometimes wonder what it’s like to be a billionaire one moment and poor later on. It must be very frustrating and embarrassing.
This same trajectory is seen in the spiritual realm where you have a servant that is anointed and favored by GOD, moving from walking in the perfect will of God for their life, and one day falling from grace. Especially because all of us start off the same way, wanting to serve and walk with the LORD for all eternity, yet somewhere along the journey a light bulb goes off and a person finds themselves in the dark (figuratively). What sets apart those who start strong and eventually finish stronger, from those who end badly? “That man was powerful, especially when he was still thin and wearing that blue and orange suit”. When people have conversations about how you used to be anointed and how you’ve lost your way. What is the secret to longevity? Has anyone ever addressed it in the book of life? Or are we meant to wing it as we go along?
In the above Scripture, the Apostle Paul sheds some light on longevity and finishing strong. He talks about disciplining his body so that it may do what it’s SUPPOSED to do. This then means your body actually wants to do the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. The body is always scheming to sabotage my walk with the LORD and the only language it understands is discipline. This then means If I don’t feel like praying, I need to discipline my body and it must submit to me, its master. If I don’t do this it will think it is the alpha of the pack and will turn around and bite me at will.
Paul then goes on to say if he doesn’t take this aggressive approach to his body, he fears that he will be disqualified. Even though he has helped thousands to finish their own race, he may still not finish his. Just because I have a revival and thousands of souls are won to the kingdom, doesn’t mean I will finish my own race strong. I may have a 10 000 seater church that’s always on TV, this does not equate to my successful end, as I still need to run my race like I’m being chased by a dog from the township.
“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,” Philippians 2:12b. It’s clear here that I must continue to fear the LORD and must never feel like I’ve arrived. “Not that I have already attained, but one thing I do….”. The people who have fallen knew more Scriptures and were anointed more than me, yet they fell. This shows that at any moment I can fall off if I let my guard down. Judas walked with GOD every single day, surrounded by life-changing teachings and miracles, yet he didn’t finish strong. If you still believe you are stable and unshakeable be very wary as that may be pride, and we all know what comes after pride. Saul, Judas, Solomon, Samson, Ananias, Adam, Eve, Cain, Lot’s wife, Eli, and his sons, Jehu, Gehazi, and Sapphira all thought they were gonna finish strong yet we all know what happened to them. Let’s run this race to finish it. “Run Thana, run”.
The body is always scheming to sabotage my walk with the LORD and the only language it understands is discipline