“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
In my previous post, I talked about what we Christians are to pursue or run after. That made me think about how in a number of places, the Bible describes the Christian life as a race. In 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul gives some advice on how to run that race. First he mentions the need for discipline:
“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.” 1 Corinthians 9:25
We can all testify to this. It takes self-control to follow God’s rules when sin is our default position.
Paul goes on to say that as Christians we have a goal, better than any worldly prize. We do not run aimlessly, but with purpose.
“They (athletes) do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Even with an eternal reward in mind we can get tired, lose focus, or feel like giving up. Here are some words of wisdom from the author of Hebrews:
“…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith …”Hebrews 12:1-2
On our own, we can never win the prize, but
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it on my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining forward to what lies ahead I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Run with discipline.
Run with a goal.
Run with perseverance..
Run toward Jesus.