RUNNING TO WIN! (Part #1) 8-28-2016

posted Sep 2, 2016, 6:49 AM by Dale Barnes

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run...Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games (athletics) 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.  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.  No. I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”       (I Co. 9:24-27 NIV)

The Olympic games; every 4 years. Young men and women train and train to participate and hopefully win a medal.  It is a great honor to win.  However, it really counts only for this life.  

The Apostle makes it clear that believers are in a race for a crown that is eternal.  The value of crown will never end. He challenges us to run to win!  A faithful Christian leader is promised “the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Pet.5:4 NIV)  The person who perseveres under trial “will receive the crown of life that the Lord promised to them who love him.”(Ja.1:12, Rev.2:10) This is a person that does not give up.

The Apostle said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim.4:7-8) Therefore a crown of righteousness will be given to him at that final judgment. He finished the work God gave him to do.

Dear ones in Christ, whether young or older, let’s run with Christ. Let’s not give up!  Let’s fulfil God’s plan for our lives.. Let’s be faithful to the end.  At times the way may seem difficult, but the end will be glorious!