Like most people, I made a resolution this year, to train for a 10K run. There’s one coming up in May. I was making great progress several months ago, but I couldn’t seem to get back into running when we came back from Nepal in October. So far, I am able to run/jog/fast walk 6.3 miles.
I could probably train every day, for hours, but in the end I would be training for an event that lasts for only a few minutes. If people are willing to train for something like a 5K, marathon, or triathlon, then shouldn’t Christians train even harder to know God’s Word and principles, then practice them?
I think about the apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, 27,26, 23:
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize… I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should… So I run with purpose in every step… I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”
If I am willing to invest time to train for a 10K, then I should put the same kind effort to train in godliness. So my resolution this year is to not only train for my next run but to also read the Bible more and to try to imitate Christ.