1 Corinthians 9: 24
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
Many people see the Bible as an ancient document that has no relevance to our lives today. The wise King Solomon knew better though. He said “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). While the specifics may have changed (i.e. technology), in general people have not changed considerably. Humans seem to have always had a desire to play and compete. In fact the Bible makes frequent references to athletic endeavours such as running, and even boxing.
If you have a strong desire to play sports and compete, accept this as something God has placed on your heart. We are called to be excellent, and the way we conduct ourselves in our athletic pursuits can actually bring honour to God. The apostle Paul said “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Paul says that we are to run in such a way as to get a prize. He was not concerned about prizes that do not last, like medals and trophies which we will not be able to take with us after our death, but rather eternal prizes such as a place in heaven with Jesus if we accept him into our hearts, and the heavenly rewards he promises his faithful servants.
Are you running in a way today that is pleasing to the Lord, or are you running aimlessly? Have a chat with the most gracious coach you’ll ever meet – Jesus – and tell him you’re ready to run this race of life in a new, and powerful way.