“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) This Scripture says that all may run the race, but only one receives the prize. In the case of athletes that compete in the Olympic games every four years, each athlete would have started their training years before the event.
Many of these athletes will probably hire a coach who will mentor them and dictate their daily routine, what and what not to eat, what exercise, and sometimes when to sleep and wake up. This routine will continue for years in preparation for one event for only one or a couple of days. During the events, their fans chant their names and clap for them. However, the athletes don’t allow that to distract them. On the contrary, they keep their focus until they finish the race to win the race.
Run The Race
1 Corinthians 9:25 says, “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.” This verse refers to self-discipline, control, and denial. All athletes exercise self-control in preparation for the competition. If athletes are disciplined and determined to win the race they receive a prize.
As believers, we look to Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of our faith, for our Christian race and eternal life. When we look to Him it is easier to lay aside sin and other things that easily hinder us. As a result, we patiently run the race with Christ (see Hebrews 12:1-2).
The moment you accept Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior, you have been automatically enlisted in the race of the kingdom of God. All believers are called to share with unbelievers the good news of Christ that convicted and enlisted us in the race with Christ while fulfilling our calling without overlapping. “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
Rules Of Engagement
John 2:5 and John 14:15 say, “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”…“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
There are rules of engagement in the race with Christ which are easy and light (see Matthew 11:29-30). The rules here are the Word of God. And we are to be the doer of the Word of God and not just reader, hearer, or preacher of the Word. We do not want to stray away from the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 9:27, James 1:22-25).
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