Daily Devotion Friday, October 4

Friday, October 4, 2013 – Psalm 72; 2 Kings 19:1-20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 and Matthew 8:1-17

1 Corinthians 9:16-27 – 24Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.

Well after four weeks of football we still have several unbeaten teams; the Denver Broncos (my favorite), the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. A couple of these may finish out the season and find themselves in the Super Bowl, or it could be two others who finish out strong. Of course I’m hoping for Denver to go all the way. We’ll see. Each has to play an excellent season. Play in such a way to play strong and win. But as our text today points out, they compete for a perishable wreath, trophy, ring; we run the race of faith for an imperishable one.

Whoever wins the Super Bowl will be crowned the best team of this season. A real victory but not a lasting one for there will be another season. For us we run the race of life and faith that has an eternal reward. May we put our best foot forward and strive to run the race of life and faith so that not only do we receive the imperishable reward but many, many others do as well.

Ours is also not simply a sixty minute game, it’s a twenty-four hour game. We’re to play each moment of each day to the best of our ability. Thanks be to God for our Lord Jesus Christ who was once the star quarterback and is now in the owner’s box cheering us on and even sending in some of the plays. May we look to him and be guided by his giving his life that we might have life.

O God, guide us this day as we seek to participate on your team of life; participate in sharing what you have given unto us. May we give our all, as our Lord Jesus gave his all for us. Amen.

Psalm 72 – 18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.

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