“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached
to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (I Corinthians 9:27, NKJV)
The Apostle Paul in this ninth chapter of the book of First Corinthians explains to
the Christians at Corinth the importance of living a disciplined life. He uses the
example of a runner who trains for a race, who if not disciplined, will miss the goal
and not obtain the prize. So to is the Christian who does not live a disciplined life.
The truth is, many of us struggle in the area of discipline in one way or another.
The temptation is to live life thinking only of today, satisfying ourselves with
whatever desire we want at the time. Yet, as Paul warns us, we do so at the
expense of our future. We tend to eat too much and exercise too little. We
stimulate our minds and emotions with ideas and images from television, movies,
music and the internet that do nothing to edify our lives. We are negligent in the
area of feeding our spirits the things of God. Too many are simply living
We must remember, only the disciplined win the prize. Study the daily habits of
people you might deem successful and you will see none waste their day doing
what does not help them reach their goals. Successful people are disciplined
Remember, no goal worth reaching has ever been attained without hard word and
discipline. Let us commit to being like Paul, disciplining ourselves and bringing
our bodies, thoughts and actions under subjection, that we too, can win the prize.
Do you want to win? Do you want to be successful? Do you want to prosper? If
your answer to each of these questions is yes, the question then becomes, HOW
DISCIPLINED ARE YOU?