I have learnt that one’s mindset and attitude about life of a Christian does impact on how one walks as a Christian. Jesus said, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door; because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:24).
“Paul compared the Christian life to a race: “Every athlete strives and uses self-control in all things. They do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we do it to obtain an imperishable one” (1 Cor.9:25). Paul described running a race, fighting a boxing match, and striving against the forces of his own body. In Corinthians 9:26-27 he wrote: “I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize””. (Excerpt from The Disciple’s Victory). This was a position Paul took for he had a destination in mind.
One person observed that “an athlete preparing for probably only one race in an Olympics maintains single-mindedness and self-control in his training … ample time, immeasurable sacrifices and keen observation of the set standard of right living is embraced by an athlete. Why? Not to compromise his win. Then, how much more should a Christian who is set to obtain an imperishable crown?
The Words of wisdom and encouragement God told King Jehoshaphat as he prepared for a fearsome battle, also applies to us “Take up your position; stand firm … Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. The Lord will be with you”. (2 Chronicle 10:16-17).