“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air” I Corinthians 9:26 KJV
The definition of shadowboxing is to spar with an imaginary opponent as a form of training. It is an exercise used in the training for combat sports, especially in boxing. It is used mainly to prepare the muscles before the person training engages in stronger physical activity.
The Apostle Paul made a lot of references to sports in his writings. In this verse, he says he is not just practicing, but he has a purpose in every step he takes. His goal is to show the world how the gospel of Jesus Christ can change a person’s heart and give them a purpose, to gain the prize of eternal life. So everything he does, is done with planning and purpose.
In another place, he mentioned that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness. We are fighting a battle every day against the world, the flesh and the devil, and we should make sure that every thing we do is done with purpose, and with confidence in the Lord who will always give us the victory. We are not just practicing, it is the real thing, and the prize that awaits us is life eternal.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you give us the strength every day to fight the good fight of faith, and we know that one day, we will be rewarded for our faithfulness.
Devotion by Anne Johnston