posted Aug 13, 2012, 8:50 AM by Dale Barnes

These days are filled with news of athletes, who have trained for years, winning gold, silver and bronze metals at the Olympic games.  It is very exciting!  Most of us are happy to see their great satisfaction and joy as they compete and win. Some, because of their triumph, even gain financial benefits after the games are finished.  These are great moments!

“Everyone who competes in the (athletic) games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” These are the words from the apostle Paul. (1 Co.9:25 NIV)  “Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

In coming to Christ, we are freely forgiven, and given a new life within.(born again)  We are also challenged to run for an eternal prize. Crowns of glory, righteousness and life are mentioned in the New Testament. Steadfastness (perseverance) is the central thought in running a good race. “I have fought a good fight, finish my course and kept the faith.”(Paul)  Don’t let the many temporary, appealing things around, sidetrack you.  Stay committed to Christ; pleasing him. Use what God has given you in serving him and others.  Finish what God has given you to do.  Jesus is the faithful one; he will always help.  Fix your eyes on him.  “Well done, good and faithful servant.” These are wonderful words to hear from Jesus when you finish your race.  We all can win the crown. No matter your circumstance and abilities, you can win.

“Little is much if God is in it. Labor not for wealth or fame. There’s a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus’ name.”   “Keep me true, Lord Jesus; keep me true. There’s a race that I must run. There are victories to be won.  Give me power, every hour, to be true.”