Running A Race

And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  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.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

I Corinthians 9:23-26

Paul here likens the Christian life to running a race.  And there are many great analogues there.

The first and most important is found in this passage – self control.  Paul says that anyone who runs in races is going to be “temperate in all things.”  Olympic runners are famous for their abstinence from certain things.  They keep their diets very strict.  They are careful to avoid certain foods and drinks.  They are meticulous about their exercise regimens.  They try to get plenty of sleep.  They plan every part of their lives to help them be or become better runners.  They are completely dedicated to running at the highest level.  There are things that they must avoid and things that they simply can not do.  They might not be able to go out for pizza with their friends on Friday night.  They might not get to sleep in a little on the weekends.  There are things they do and things they don’t do – all because they want to win a race.

It is the same with us in our Christian lives.  There are things that we probably shouldn’t waste our time with.  There are things that we need to dedicate ourselves to.  If we want to be winners in this Christian race of life, we are going to have to “go all out.”  Are we willing to do that?



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