Paul said in 1 Cor. 9:27 “I discipline my body and make it my slave”
Wow, if he lived in America Nike would want to promote him, Triathletes would try to recruit him and Dick’s Sporting Goods would use his picture for their ads. America adulates disciplined athletes. They remind us of what we could be – more self-controlled, fitter, healthier. They compete for the glory of being the best in their class, the recognition that their body can do what others cannot.
Yet how many of us know great athletes that finish a race then go out and drink like a fish, have numerous affairs, have sex outside of marriage and act like idiots? They may discipline their bodies but their lives are not disciplined. That type of discipline is temporary – get ready for the event then when it’s over let loose. That’s not the discipline Paul is talking about. Paul was saying “I always have control over my body and don’t allow it to direct me. I don’t give in to its fleshy needs and wants. I master my body 24/7 – not just when I feel like it.”
There was a reason Paul chose to live a disciplined life. The verse goes on to explain “so that he might not be disqualified.” This is not referring to the loss of his salvation. It is saying that he needed to be a prime example of how to live the Christian life.
He was a leader in the church and would never want to loose his privilege of preaching the gospel because he was undisciplined. You and I like Paul have been given a mission. Many never fulfill their commission on this earth due to lack of discipline. Right now Satan is doing everything he can to stop you from completing the mission that God has given you. Some of the tools that Satan uses are: laziness, lack of self-control, fear, doubt, timidity and little faith. Each of those factors can make you or break you.
It is up to you to take control of your mind and body and get them into the disciplined control that is necessary for you to be an overcomer. If you can answer yes to any of the following questions you probably are lacking in the self-control necessary to fulfill your mission.
Do you struggle to read and memorize the Word of God?
Do you struggle to fast and pray on a regular basis?
Do you often give in to the pleasures of the body that you know you shouldn’t be?
Today is a new day, a fresh start. Today you can begin over with God and get back on the right path. Are you controlling your body or is your body controlling you? Ask the Lord to teach you to make your body your slave that it will not get in the way of you being all that God has called you to be.