Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV
Its that time of the year when you start to see postings for all the road races coming up through the year. There are 5 k’s, 10 k’s, marathons, triathlons and so on where many people gather to race for first place and the prize that comes with it.
You start to see more and more runners on the streets and trails as they train for the big events they have signed up for. They are all hoping to be the one that wins the race. But the truth of the matter is, only one can be the winner. Everyone else will fall in behind and some won’t even complete the race.
Paul is speaking of the spiritual race we as Christians are running. He wants his readers to have that single minded goal oriented focus that runners have. He wants them to be focused on the finish line and the prize that awaits the winner.
Of course we know for the winner, the prize is eternal life in heaven with our heavenly Father. What an incredible goal and prize to strive for. There is no greater reward for our efforts.
So today, let’s make up our minds to continue in this race, striving toward the finish line and our rest at the end of it. Let’s look forward with great anticipation to hear these words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21 ESV
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman