Run To Win
The Bible clearly marks the pathway that leads to a thriving life of Christian victory and blessing. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 states: 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 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. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth air: 27 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.
Winning a race requires purpose and discipline. Paul uses this illustration to explain that the Christian life takes hard work, self-denial, and grueling preparation. As Christians, we are running toward our heavenly reward. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship equip us to run with vigor and stamina. Don’t merely observe from the grandstand; don’t just turn out to jog a couple of laps each morning.
The Purpose: Run to get the prize.
The Plan: Discipline your body, training it.
The Prize: An eternal prize.