Punishing the Body For the Gold Medal

I have been enjoying the London Summer Olympics and never cease to marvel at the level of physical conditioning and ability that is present in these athletes. Even the ones who do not win medals are champions in their own right.

The Apostle Paul is a champion (spiritual) in his own right. Listen to what he says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

Enough said – think about it!