We run because having control and discipline over our bodies is important. We run because we are glorifying God in this earthly body.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Running is a great way to get in shape and appreciate the wonderful temple God gave us.
“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. 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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 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.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
This verse is showing us the metaphor of running and our relationship to Christ. When you first believe in Christ, SURPRISE! You become a runner in the christian race. In 1 Corinthians, Paul encourages us not to sit down, stop, or quit, but to RUN!
- I love running because we do not compete against each other. You compete with yourself to be the best version of yourself.
- In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about strict training in running, as well as in our walk with Christ. Training like:
This week try to run or walk 1 mile. Discuss with someone or meditate over this verse and let me know what it means to you.
“Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:26