Words from the Heart for Friday August 6th, 2021
So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
1 Corinthians 9:26 (NLT)
George Dixon was a Canadian professional boxer. After winning the bantamweight title in 1892, he became the first ever black athlete to win a world championship in any sport; he was also the first Canadian-born boxing champion. Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer ranked Dixon as the #1 featherweight of all-time. Dixon was born in Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He stood 5 feet 3.5 inches tall and weighed only 87 pounds when he began his professional boxing career. Dixon is widely credited for developing shadowboxing.
Shadowboxing is sparring with an imaginary opponent as a form of training for the real thing. It is good for training, but is useless unless the pugilist actually gets into the ring. The Bible speaks about this in 1 Corinthians 9:26: “So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” Paul the apostle often used athletics to illustrate spiritual principles. Paul was in the midst of a spiritual battle. He knew how important it was to keep spiritually fit. The battle is real – it is a battle for the souls of men and women. It is a battle of light versus darkness, sin versus godliness, the principles of the kingdoms of this world against the principles of the kingdom of God. It is not a battle fought with man-made weapons – it is fought with spiritual weapons of prayer, God’s Word, and righteousness. We are called to spiritual discipline. And we are called to enter into the battle every day as we live for Jesus in this world. We win when we forgive, when we serve, when we love with the love of Jesus. Run this race, as Paul did, with purpose in every step.
These have been words from the heart.