This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (I Corinthians 9) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Corinth was a great commercial center and Paul had planted this church in Corinth during his second missionary journey. He wrote this letter to the church at Corinth to deal with several issues the church was facing; problems of disunity, problems with immorality, problems with gifts and worship, problems with errors in teaching.
Paul wrote about how the Corinthians should live their everyday lives. They had been saved for God’s glorious purpose, so they should live like it.
Ask the children…
Paul writes that all of life is like a race, how did He tell the Corinthians to run?
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! (1 Corinthians 9:24)
What was the prize that Paul was wanting to win?
“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Our prize is not an earthly prize like an Olympic gold medal, but the eternal reward of pleasing God with our lives. Paul said that he disciplined his life so that he could be the man that God had intended him to be.
Ask your children what it feels like to win something? What was something they won? What would it look like run their lives that a race for God’s glory? How would they do things differently? What training do they need to do in order to win the race?
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