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The Race

Posted by Emma on January 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Filed under:Life's Race

A long road stretches across the countryside. The end of it cannot be seen. Now and then it bends as it heads up the hill, then it straightens back out. Now and then along the road a runner can be seen. Some are tiring, some seem to have lots of energy and are going strong. Most of them seem to have something in front of them. Something they are trying to reach, the prize. 

What race is this? The race of life. That is what I can see as I look out from where I am now. I am on a road, the road of the Christian life. There are other Christians also on this road. Some are ahead of me. They have drawn to closer places with the Lord. This does not cause me to despair, but pushes me further. If they could do it, so can I (with the Lord’s help). The road of life twists and turns. I cannot always see where it is leading. From above you can see that it leads in the perfect way to the King, but on it, you can only see a small distance. At times it seems that it would be best to make a short cut through the fields on the edges of the road. That is a bad idea. Those “short cuts” can lead into disaster and cause you to get way off track. I must stay on the road and run. I have the prize in mind. The prize that the King will bestow on me, if I show myself faithful. I run all, that I may obtain. 

That is the image I get when I read the words of Paul, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?” And then I go on to the next part of the verse, “So run, that ye may obtain.” Run! You can obtain if you don’t give up! Give your all to the race of the Master. Give your all to your Master. 

But this is not as easy as it may sound. A runner doesn’t just go out and run a race. They must work at it. So to we must, “keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” We must practice and work out as we are running. We must practice self-control and work to have a greater knowledge of the Scriptures and our Lord. We must practice praying and living for the Lord and we must work to do so. There are many ways in which we work out and bring our body into subjection so that we can run all.

And so as we are on this race of life, let us run all so that we may obtain. Every step forward brings us closer to the finish line and final goal, and draws us into a closer relationship with the Master. So make it each step matter. Run, not uncertainly. Fight for that prize. Run all, you can obtain!

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