Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Don’t Disqualify Yourself
“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
Why do we preach the gospel? So that men might be saved. Therefore, it’s logical to say that a person who is disqualified after preaching the gospel to others, means that that person has lost his own salvation. In place of “disqualified”, other translations use, “disapproved,” “rejected,” and “castaway.” Certainly not words that will make you excited.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus did not die on the cross for us with the intention of losing any of us. He died to save us to the very end. But we are warned again and again, against doing the things that could jeopardize our salvation. Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
Sin will disqualify anyone! Living according to the flesh will disqualify us! Please let no one deceive you! Galatians 5:19-21 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things WILL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”
May we not be disqualified, disapproved, rejected and castaway, in Jesus name. Amen.
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim