Watching the recent Commonwealth Games I (Mike) was taken by the stamina of the athletes competing in the triathlon. These athletes had a daily schedule that they followed in order to build the stamina to be able to complete the race. Such discipline.
In Philippians 4:13 Paul describes spiritual endurance when He says,"I can do all this through him who gives me strength." He is describing the ability to stand firm in faith no matter what life circumstances he finds himself in. Paul’s endurance was not the product of his will but flowed from his relationship with Christ.
A relationship with Christ is sustained through daily spiritual exercise. We don't wake up one morning and suddenly decide to be joyful, grateful people. No! If we want to be like Paul, we need to develop a training routine to build our spiritual endurance.
Paul, like the triathlete, had a goal in mind. "My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace." (Acts 20:24)
Paul said, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1) "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
Mike and Daphne