Running With Certainty

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 run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

I Corinthians 9:24-26

I will admit, that I am not an avid runner.  One of the reasons that I am not an avid runner is that I have a hard time convincing myself that running has a purpose (I know that it has health benefits, but this is not the blog for those).  I feel like I am literally running in circles.  When I try to run on a treadmill, I feel like a hamster, just running for no reason.  I can understand running for a purpose.  I can understand running for a reason.  Just running in circles does not appeal to me.  But running with a prize in mind is a different matter.  Paul here says that he is running for a purpose.  He said “I therefore run, not as uncertainly…”

Paul was running the race that Jesus Christ had given him to run.  He knew what he needed to do – he needed to spread the gospel of Jesus.  He needed to help people.  He had been given a specific mission and he did his best to fulfill it.  Jesus Christ also gives us a work to do.  Each of us has a different work to do and a different race to run.  Whatever it is that we have been given to do, we need to focus on it, so that we do not “run uncertainly.”

When running a race, it is important to keep the finish line in mind.  It can be difficult in the middle of the race, but when we remember why we are running, it will help.  We need to run with a purpose and keep the goal in mind!








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