Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022 Saturday Message

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Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022
OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL FOR TODAY

Read Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022 Saturday Message. Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022 for today

 The Topic of Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022 Saturday  is “Running The Race”

Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 34–36; Hebrews 2

Key Verse: 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. 1 Corinthians 9:25

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 9:24–27

Believers in Jesus in Corinth would have connected with Paul’s athletic metaphors in 1 Corinthians 9. Corinth was the place where the Isthmian games convened. Craig Keener notes in The IVP Bible Background Commentary: “Corinth itself hosted major games for all Greece every two years on the isthmus; these were the best-attended Greek festivals next to the Olympic games.” Running and boxing (v. 26) were just two of the events in which athletes would compete.

Other events included wrestling, throwing the discus and javelin, the long jump, chariot racing, poetry reading, and singing. Paul makes athletic references in 1 Timothy 4:8, 2 Timothy 2:5, and in these verses from 2 Timothy 4:7–8: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.”

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ODB MESSAGE FOR TODAY

The careers of most National Football League players are remarkably brief: just 3.3 years on average, according to statista.com. Then there’s NFL quarterback Tom Brady. In 2021, he began his twenty-second season at the age of forty-four. How? Perhaps his famously rigorous diet and exercise routine have enabled him to maintain his competitive edge. Brady’s seven Super Bowl rings have earned him the title of G.O.A.T.—greatest of all time in the NFL. But it’s a title he never could have achieved apart from letting his single-minded pursuit of football perfection shape everything in his life.

The apostle Paul recognized athletes exhibiting similar discipline in his day (1 Corinthians 9:24). But he also saw that no matter how much they trained, ultimately their glory faded. In contrast, he said, we have an opportunity to live for Jesus in a way that affects eternity. If athletes striving for momentary glory can work so hard at it, Paul implies, how much more should those living for “a crown that will last forever” (v. 25).

We don’t train to earn salvation. Rather, just the opposite: as we realize how truly wondrous our salvation is, it reshapes our priorities, our perspective, and the very things we live for as each of us faithfully runs our own race of faith in God’s strength.

Reflect & Pray

  • How do you think your faith motivates you to give your very best? How can you avoid legalism as you grow in spiritual disciplines?
  • Father, help me to grow in discipline as a response to Your love and not as an attempt to earn something You’ve already given me.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 5 November 2022 Saturday Message written by Adam R. Holz published by Our Daily Bread Ministries. Read more

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