So for Lent I started an new daily bible devotional by Rick Warren – “Transformed.”
I went through it and then got to the last Bible verse of the day’s topic:
“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” – 1 Corinthians 9:26 NLT
I read it and said “WOAH!” Although I know I have, I felt like I’ve NEVER read this scripture before! So I knew God wanted my attention.
Here’s what is interesting about this particular scripture….
Most of us talk about “walking in purpose.” Its very common. As a matter of fact I’ve probably said that phrase 20 times since Saturday alone.
But the Apostle Paul says he’s “running with purpose.” Not walking but RUNNING!
Then I heard:
“Are You walking or running with your purpose?”
Next came a gulp and momentary sinking feeling in my chest. I had just been checked.
Oh yes He did! God came for me….and no I didn’t send for Him. But He got it like that.
Paul was serious about the “#BossMoves” he was making. EVERY SINGLE STEP. He wasn’t walking, seeking, procrastinating, delaying, questioning….he was running. That says to me: He was serious and devoted to his calling and moving about FEARLESSLY. Plus he was very intentional about each move he made – making only those that moved him closer to his goal.
Paul goes on to say he’s
“not just shadowboxing.”
In 2015 speak….I’m not just exercising, I’m in training. Big difference right? We can take a boxing class at the gym but never get in the ring at a Golden Gloves tournament.
In other words, we can get caught up in the motivation/inspirational speeches, take all the trainings, webinars, read all the books, attend the conferences BUT NEVER APPLY IT – shadowboxing. Paul was saying I’m in this thing to win it – so I’m in training for the title.
So I understood why God came for me this morning. If I was truly accepting my purpose and calling I need to start running with this thing. No more delays. No more excuses. No more setbacks. No more procrastination.
Start running…. today.
So ask yourself:
Am I running with my purpose with every step?
Am I training for my purpose or just shadowboxing?