I so enjoyed a day at the baths recently. They have these centers in France but the closest and nicest is just over the border into Germany. The indoor pool has strategically placed jets along the walls. Each one is at a different height to pummel a different part of the body. Their force is so strong it took the polish right off my toe nails! I felt a bit beat up but good at the same time, a bit like a wet noodle!
As the water buffeted my body, it reminded me of our verse for today. Paul was using an image of something much less pleasant; a boxing image. He likened the self discipline he wanted to beating his body into submission. The context is one of strict training for a race. Without self discipline one can easily disqualify oneself. Paul does not want to run aimlessly but with purpose. He runs in such a way as to win the prize; a crown that will last forever. To do that he must make his body his slave, rather that be enslaved by his body. Paul understood his own weaknesses and the potential to become unfit.
If I am honest with myself, I see that I too could become unfit. So many times I do the very thing I do not want to do! (Rom. 7:15) The struggle never stops to be obedient and submissive to God’s will. The flesh is so strong. Buffeting my body is simply to tell it, “no!” So much easier said than done!
Lord, help me say “no” to what does not please You.