KEY SCRIPTURE:1Corinth 9:27 NET “Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified”
Sand paper is a special paper with a film of sand glued on its surface. It is used to smoothen or polish various surfaces of certain materials, after which it loses it abrasive properties and so it is thrown away. Apostle Paul also shows that, he puts his body under subjection or discipline so that he is not cast away like a sand paper after preaching to others. . Most of us who go about preaching to others must take a clue from Paul’s example. The flesh has appetites and desires. It longs for the natural carnal things. It may love the praise of men. There is the crave for money. Lust for sex and other things keep knocking on it. All these must be silenced and put in check.
God is not a respecter of persons. If you go about preaching, then you are polishing other people. When your life is ruled and dominated by the flesh, then your service would be unacceptable. Rom 8:13 NET (for if you live according to the flesh, you will die), but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live. “The Bible states that he that strives for masteries must strive lawfully (2 Timothy 2:5). This means you must serve the Lord according to His terms. When you serve handling the word of God deceptively, you are heading for God’s disapproval.
The flesh should not be allowed to lead in any way. Its influence must be put to death.
Col 3:5 NET “So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: …… “. Be diligent to make your calling and election sure. 2 Peter 1:10. You kill the wrong passions by refusing to feed your mind with wrong thoughts. The thoughts are products of what you watch, listen and the associations you keep. Cut off every appearance of evil. Make sure your body is fully subjected to you. Never do anything that the word forbids, even if another so called ‘ great’ man of God does it. A man is great in God’s sight if he diligently does what He says.
I am in charge of my body. I subject my body from wrong appetites. My flesh goes in line with the word, because I have trained it to do so. My thoughts are occupied with holy and upright things.
Colossians 3:5 NET “So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry.
2 Peter 1:10& 11 NET” Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.