May 19 – Embracing Grace
This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Embracing Grace in How You Think and Act —
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The Need for Self-Discipline
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.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Following Paul’s Example
15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Run the Race | Marianne Toovey
Paul recognizes that he hasn’t reached perfection yet, and that he won’t achieve it in this life. But that’s not going to stop him from doing the very best he can while working toward that goal. He uses the illustration of an athlete training for a race. Only one can win, but they all train as hard as they can anyway.
I’m currently in training for a race after spending most of this year off my feet. It’s no fun. I would so much rather be in my ultra comfy bed, catching a few extra z’s or at least reading a book. But noooo! When 5am rolls around, I’ve got to hit the pavement hard or it’ll be bad news for me come race time. Thing is, even knowing that, I still choose my bed sometimes. I’m not perfect. But I’m working on it and come race day I’ll do my best! That’s a lot like the war constantly waging in my heart to do what God wants vs what I want. Sometimes I win. But God wins too. And each time He wins, I get stronger and can resist “me” better. So when ‘race day’ comes, I’ll be ready for it!
God, help me to resist the urge to go against Your will and serve the god of ME instead. Continue to use our “training runs” to strengthen me. But also help me not to dwell on past mistakes. If I slip up, don’t let it stop me from moving forward. Help me extend some of the grace You’ve shown me to myself! And let that grace seep into how I think and act. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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