February 13-Fast

February 13-Fast

February 13: Fast


Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25


On this date in 1974, Cool Papa Bell was elected to the Hall of Fame. Bell played center field in the Negro Leagues and was perhaps the fastest man to ever play the game. Josh Gibson, former Negro League star, said “Cool Papa Bell was so fast he could get out of bed, turn the lights out across the room and be under the covers before the lights went out.” Satchel Paige said, “Cool Papa once hit a line drive by my ear, and I turned around and saw the ball hit him in the buttocks as he was sliding into second base.” I don’t know if he was THAT fast, but he was really quick.


I believe Paul must have been a jock at heart, for he often used analogies from the world of sports in his writings. Such is the case in today’s scripture lesson. Paul writes to the Corinthians about running in a race. All runners run to win, but only one comes in first and gets the prize. Paul wants us to train to win the race of life and strive to win the prize of eternal life. Paul is telling us to do our best to run the race of life fast enough to win. We must train to do just that: win. For when we win in the game of life (by accepting Jesus as our Savior and Lord) we will receive the crown that will last forever (eternal life).

  1. How can we train to win the game of life?

  2. How do we get our spiritual lives in shape?

  3. How much time do we spend in training for God?

Let’s get to work and train for the race of life … God wants us to win!




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