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“Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;  but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27).

We are saved by grace apart from works of the law.  But the justification is a preparation that we might then journey on the narrow road toward becoming like Christ.  Some think it is technical, but this life is one of growing and learning.  Be prepared to continue the upward journey of the call of Christ that you may live purposefully and prepare to be with the Lord forever.

Lord, I live in a world that spoon-feeds.  Help me to see that I do have my part to play in sanctification.  Help me to be one who is willing to prepare and be diligent in the things You give me to do.  Guide me according to Your purposes that I may spend my lifetime fighting the good fight, learning as You give me things to learn, and living into the image of Christ.  Help me to never stop this upward call.

Lord Jesus, You know the difficulty of this life.  You know the obstacles that are in the way.  Help me to keep on with all that I am able to do knowing that You are always growing in me Your image.  You are giving me the opportunity to become more like You every day.  Help me to not slack off, backslide, or give up; but to do my part that I may grow stronger in the faith You give each day. Amen.