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1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Race for The Goal

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1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Race for The Goal

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Have you ever run in a race? Did you want to win? Did you give it your all?

Running a race can be difficult – it’s hard work. Our legs get tired, we may become short of breath, we may become hot, we get discouraged, others pass us by, it may rain, and sometimes the distance seems too far.

It would be easy to drop out and say, “My feet hurt.” “I’m tired.” “This is too hard.” “I’ve better things to do.” Does this sound like a person who is going to win the race?

In the Bible, The Apostle Paul teaches us that we should live our lives as if we were running a race––not that we should be in a hurry, but that we should prepare and have a winning attitude.

Paul tells us that “athletes exercise self-control.” They practice their sport, take good care of their bodies, and think about winning in a positive way.

As Christians we do this by reading the Bible, by praying, and by thinking about how we can live in a way that honors God. Like an athlete, we are in training to grow in God’s love.

Paul says, “Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win” (9:24). God’s love is there for anyone and everyone––we just need to claim the prize.

Our reward is the gospel of love, of happiness and blessings.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan