“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:25, 27 NLT)

No one excels at a sport without training. Imagine competing at the Olympic Games without practicing. Practice makes perfect and sociologists have suggested that it requires at least 10,000 hours of practice to be successful at anything. Our world highly values athletic victories and a great deal of effort is made to win but the prize fades away. God has promised to reward our faith with the prize of eternal life for those who persevere in Christ Jesus. Successful athletes inspire others by example so how much more should Christians discipline themselves in conduct to inspire others to follow Jesus.