Monday, November 11

Winner

Scripture: Psalm 122, 1 Corinthians 9-11

1 Corinthians 9:19–27 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Observation

Paul’s goal was to win as many people as possible for Jesus (v. 19).  He adjusted his means to fit the end.  To the Jews he became like a Jew to win Jews; to the Greeks he became like a Greek to win Greeks; to the weak he became weak to win the weak.  “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  

Paul’s other goal was to win his race.  He disciplined himself, he made his body his servant instead of his master, so that he would win his race and not be disqualified.  

Application

Paul was a winner in two ways that I want to emulate.

First, he was a ferocious winner of souls.  His goal was to win as many people to Jesus as possible, and he was willing to adapt and adjust as needed to do that.  I want to have that same single-minded focus and willingness to do whatever it takes to win people for Jesus.  Winner!

Second, he was a disciplined winner of his race.  Here and in Hebrews 12, life is compared to a race.  We each have a race set out before us—our own race that we are to run and win.  Paul says that it takes training and discipline to win a race, and that’s true for the race of life too.  I want to discipline and train my mind, emotions, and body to serve me in the race and make me a winner!  

Today, I want to be a winner.  Win the day!  Win people for Jesus.  Win my race today.  

Prayer: Lord, help me be disciplined to be a winner today.  Help me win the day, win the lost, win the race!