Life Is A Race
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).
The Amplified Classic Version of the scripture above says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.” Life is a race, a competition. Thus, in the race of life, you’re to run in such a way as to win the prize. Don’t “run” (live) like it doesn’t matter.
In the 25th verse of 1 Corinthians 9, Paul said, “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.” To be temperate in all things means to exercise selfcontrol; to play by the rules. In the race of life, you must be careful what you do and how you live, because you’re in the race to win.
If those who compete in Athletics for “a corruptible crown” buffet themselves and run with purpose and definitiveness, how about us whose race is spiritual, and our crown, incorruptible? Always live with the consciousness to obtain the prize from Jesus Christ.
Our walk of faith and in the faith isn’t for nothing. There’s a prize to be won, but there’s a discipline to go through if you must win. To have a great life, there’s a discipline required; the discipline to do the Word and be yielded to the leading of the Spirit. That’s what guarantees your victory.
I count not myself to have apprehended, but this is the one thing that I do: I forget those things which are behind and reach forth to those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I’m a spiritual sportsman, equipped for the life of victory with the Word. Praise God!
Hebrews 12:1 NIV; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 1:1-18; 2 Samuel 15-17
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Psalm 147-148