V 24-27 “Do you not know that those running in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. So then I run, not as if I were uncertain. And so I fight, not as one who beats the air. But I buffet my body, and lead it captive, lest proclaiming to others I myself might be rejected”.
I once read the story of a man that has race horses. These are special breed horses that are used specially for races and they are well taken care of; they have special diet and also exercise well to always tone their muscles. The catch of the story; the man died of obesity! Why he was taking care of his animals, he neglected his own health.
Many Christians are like this man; we know what to do, but we seldom do it. We know we should fast but wouldn’t, we know we should evangelize but we wouldn’t, we know we should stand for the truth but wouldn’t. The sad aspect is all these have repercussions. Paul was certainly an elect person, and yet he declares it was possible he himself might become a reprobate. He actually would have become such, if he had not thus kept his body under, even though he had been so long an elect person, a Christian, and an apostle.
One of our mentors gave us an illustration some years back; a ceiling fan was switched on to the highest speed. Later it was switched off, and he asked us to observe it. He said, when the power source was switched off, the fan was still rotating like it was still on, but it was slowly decelerating to a stop. He further said, many Pastors power source has been cut off and unknown to the world, all they are seeing is their burnout. Take a definite stand against carnal indulgences in your life. Do not let it destroy you, be discipline.
Prayer point: By the power of the Holy Ghost, I bring my body under subjection in Jesus name.