"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Olympic Athletes

Posted by Emma on March 1, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Life's Race

The 2010 Winter Olympics games ended last night. They left behind incredible moments in sports history. I have always enjoyed sports. As I watched the Olympics this year,I found myself wondering if I could have been there had I pursued a different life style. I would not give up the life that God has given me for anything, but growing up I dreamed of going to the Olympics. I wanted to compete and win gold. Those dreams will not become reality for me. I am not on a sports team and I have never pursued training in sports. It was not God’s course for my life.

As I was pondering Olympic athletes, I realized that in a sense we should all be “Olympic” athletes. At least, we should strive to have the skill, determination, strength, and passion that Olympic athletes have. Not in the physical sports, but in the spiritual. “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 beatheth the air: But I 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.” 1 Cor 9:24-27

Paul likens the Christian life to a race or wrestling match that must we won. We are the athletes competing. We should strive to be our best, to be Olympic level athletes. Without work, that position can never be achieved. Olympic athletes do not sit around all day. They are out training, they are working, they are always striving to be better. We to should train to be skilled in God’s word and prayer. We should work to do the most ministry. We should strive to be more like Christ, the perfect Lamb of God. We are called to be better than Olympic athletes, we must compete every day of our lives. If we are faithful, we will win. At the end of our lives we should be able to say, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Tim 4:7-8

Be an Olympic level athlete. Compete in the competition that really matters! Finish your race of life strong for the Lord! Make Hebrews 12:1-2 a motto for your life. You are not alone! You can win! Go for it!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

What are Obstacles?

Posted by Emma on January 27, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Life's Race

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

Quite true. When our goal is right and big, nothing can get in the way. That is, as long as our eyes are on that goal. What is the best goal out there? Living each day running the race of life for the Lord. Drawing ever closer to Him. Becoming more and more Christlike. That is the only goal worth living for. There will be smaller goals in that pursuit. But knowing God, knowing His only Son, that is what matters. When our eyes are on Him, all obstacles seem small and insignificant. When we take our eyes off Him, obstacles loom huge looking like mountains. It reminds of Peter walking on water. Keep your eyes on Jesus, on the goal. If they come off, cry out for Jesus to save you and get them back on that goal. He is there. He will save. Trust Him! Keep your eyes on the goal and run!

Mountain Tops

Posted by Emma on December 10, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Life's Race

After mountain top experiences often come valleys. It is important during those valleys to keep your eyes upward, on your Master, your Saviour, on the next mountain top. Always climb upward to new and higher mountain tops. Work with all you’ve got to get there fast. Spend as little time in the valleys as you can. But while in the valleys, and on the mountain tops, wait on the Lord! As you wait on God, you will find yourself soaring, with wings as eagles, to new heights! Keep climbing, keeping waiting on God and soar!

The Race

Posted by Emma on January 5, 2009 | 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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