Work and Worship While You Wait
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27
Ordinary life can be challenging for the Christian. Think about this with me: we have heard countless testimonies of faith in the midst of extraordinary times. Testimonies of faith in the midst of illness, loss of a loved one, divorce, job loss, bankruptcy, addiction, and many more things. These are all amazing testimonies that give glory to God and encourage fellow believers as they go through similar circumstances. But what about ordinary, routine, daily life? This has been my struggle over the years. Is my faith growing and showing through in the ins and outs of my daily life? My faith is on display on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, but what about all the other times during the week? How do I love and honor Jesus day by day?
I find Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9 to be of help here. He is talking about his rights as an apostle, and how he has laid them aside to better serve the believers in Corinth. He has not demanded payment, though he deserves it. He does not fight for any of his rights, even though he could (and maybe should, do so). Then in verses 19-27, he explains why. His ultimate goal in life is to win as many people as he can to Jesus Christ. He will become whatever he has to, be it Jew, Gentile, weak, etc.; Paul desires to, “become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” And then he brings the idea home with a sports analogy: In a race, only the first-place finisher gets the prize. It occurred to me, that the only way that athlete could run in such a way to win that prize was because of the daily routine. If I desire to come in first in a marathon race, I have to run every day and prepare myself, or I am not ready come race day. I am sure all athletes at times get bored with their training, but it is all worth it come game time.
How does this apply to our faith? When those “game time” moments of our faith come, whether it be sickness, death, financial problems, etc., when they come, it is our daily faith training that has us prepared to face it. Rather than praying to God only when you need something, pray to Him daily so that in the day you need Him you know exactly where to find Him! Instead of being speechless when a friend is need of help, why not daily read God’s Word so that you will be able to deliver the wisdom and power of God to them? If we are diligent to worship God and work on our relationship with Him through prayer, reading the Bible, and fellowshipping with God and fellow believers, then we will be prepared for the days of trouble when they come. So, what should we do during our ordinary, day to day lives? We should diligently worship our Savior, and be people of the Word and prayer. Then we will be able to run the race of life in such a way that we will be the ones that win the prize!
Call to Action: Diligence means I work hard to accomplish my responsibilities. Our responsibilities as Christian parents is to lead our children in the ways of God, so that when they grow up they too will worship and follow Jesus. To be faithful parents, we must be parents who read and know God’s Word, teach it to our children, and also pray with and for our children. And we must be faithful and diligent to do these things every day!