Summary: In this message we use 1 Corinthians 9:24 as the basis to be ready for what life with bring .Proper preparation through a relationship with Christ is the only way to be truly ready .

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No one becomes a doctor without an extensive education and thorough training.

But still even after all that education and training no one really wants to be that doctor’s first patient.

Imagine going to a doctor for an operation and the doctor says I’ll see you first thing Monday morning, I can’t wait It’s you’re my first one.

Or what if you dropped your car off for a brake job and the mechanic said, I think I remember how I did the last one and popped the trunk .

The point is there are certain things in life that there is no substitution for experience .

Our Christian walk falls into this category, The moment we become Christians , when we make Jesus our Lord the training begins , but it’s the Christian experience that makes the difference.

Jesus’ entire ministry is bases upon making disciples and training them to be followers.

Matthew 28:19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Jesus had taught His disciples for 3 1/2 years, but what made the difference was their experience. It was only after they witnessed His miracles, after they had experienced His crucifixion and then experienced His resurrection were ready .

Today up in New York they are running the New York marathon. Its a 26 mile grueling road race.

To compete in a marathon runners must make a huge commitment.

That commitment involves hours of daily training for months and even years. It involves conditioning a disciplined behavior.

The Christian walk is just like that .

It all begins with a commitment, then daily training , Which requires dedication and devotion.

1Corinthians9:24Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

Have you ever heard the phrase drive it like you stole it, it means when you test drive a car you push it to its limits , drive it as hard as you can and don’t hold anything back.

Paul uses this same analogy, we should live like there is only one winner , only one who gets to go to heaven, live your life with a passion for Christ , holding nothing back .

1Corinthians9:25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

The commitment Olympic athletes make is extra ordinary, they must have a very strict regimen, very disciplined in their personal lives, living a clean life, day after day, even sacrificing time with family and friends.

And all this celebrated work, all this dedication, all this sacrifice for an award, for a prize that just doesn’t last .

But before each and every one of us is the greatest prize, a prize that will never fade away, a prize that never ends, and a prize that can never be taken away.

And look at our lack of passion and look how we prepare,

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