TUESDAY March 6, 2018
Run to Win the Prize
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. - 1 Corinthians 9:24
Paul must have liked to watch sports because he used the illustration of a race. He gave to the Corinthians a picture of an athlete competing for a prize, to show them how they needed to be disciplined in their walk with Christ. Paul knew that it took training and discipline to run a race. An athlete who wanted to compete in a race had to discipline his time and watch what he ate. He kept a close track of how he was competing, and how well he was training.
This is true of athletes in the Olympic Games; they are looking to win a gold medal. They are not going for the silver or bronze––they want the gold! Athletes know the harder they work, the better chance they have to win. Seriously, if an athlete is going to compete in the Olympics, he does not stay up with his friends drinking and hanging out until twelve o’clock in the evenings! No way! He would never make it in a race.
It is the same with any sport: martial arts, baseball, football, soccer or basketball––all these different sports take a lot of training and discipline. Do you think a coach will choose a person to be on the team who is not disciplined? No possible way! He will want to choose winners!
Imagine, an athlete can have all the medals they have won in their life hanging on the wall, but really what value do they have? Christians should place all their medals in heaven, because one day that is where they will be, and that is where it counts.
It has been a wonderful experience to compete in the Olympic Games and to bring home a gold medal. But since I have been a young lad, I have had my eyes on a different prize. You see, each one of us is in a greater race than any I have run in Paris, and this race ends when God gives out the medals.
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