This week at Café, we talked about what it means to settle. Settling isn't necessarily a bad thing, but as Christians we are urged to do more than just settle when it comes to our faith. Paul says something similar in one of his letters to the people of Corinth:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27The Corinthians, people who prided themselves on athletic competition, would have related to what Paul was saying here. Instead of undergoing strict training to represent their hometown in "the games", Paul tells them to work just as hard towards a more worthwhile goal - representing Jesus with everything they do.
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.