“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.”
I Corinthians 9:24 (AMP)
When an athlete trains to compete in a race, he does so fully conscious of the fact that he’s competing against others and with the full intention that he will win the prize. When we live our lives as followers of Christ, we are much like that athlete. We have a prize to obtain once this earthly life ends and we stand before the throne of God. God will reward us according to our works completed during our time on the earth. Knowing this we, like the runner in the race, must discipline and train ourselves to compete in this game of life with the sole purpose of winning and obtaining the reward God has for us.
In order to run in a race and actually win, you have to train and prepare to compete at your highest level. The only way to be a winner in this race called life is to live a life in obedience to God. That requires a commitment to live according to the Word of God. It takes discipline and training to make decisions that are honorable to God.
If you are willing to discipline yourself and make costly sacrifices in order to receive rewards from men. You should be even more willing to do the same to receive the honor and reward that comes from God.
Father God, I pray that I run this race of life with the full determination to receive the victor’s crown of righteousness. Help me to live a disciplined and tempered life, always keeping my eyes on the prize and never allowing life’s circumstances to cause me to lose my focus on the end goal. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!