Everyone Runs, Not All Win (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 65)
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
The Christian life can be likened to a race with a definite starting point and a definite ending point. One may not run as fast as another, but every single person born into this world has been given a race to run. We could say that we have been placed in a certain lane with a certain number and it is our responsibility to run in that lane with determination, perseverance, and strength. Getting to where God wants us to be is a long, slow process of learning, growing, and ultimately becoming more like Him.
Our goal in this race is to win, but we can only win if we keep our eyes on the prize which is Jesus Christ. He ran the perfect race, He won the perfect prize, and He can show us how to run to win as well. Many stumbling blocks threaten to trip us up along our journey to the finish line. The busyness and attractions of the world can suck us in and knock us off our straight path. Careers, family, friends, and daily activities can become a distraction too.
It is up to us to choose to keep our eyes on the ultimate runner who is Jesus Christ. He never allowed anyone or anything to hinder or hold Him up. The goal is always Jesus. We are not just running a race with no end in sight. Jesus is standing at the finish line, cheering for us all the way home because when His children bring Him glory, He rejoices. When we finish the race, we will be able to see clearer that it was all worth it.
“Our motto must continue to be perseverance. And ultimately I trust the Almighty will crown our efforts with success.”
— William Wilberforce