“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain” 1 COR. 9:24
I want to encourage you this morning to run that you may obtain. The fact that we are involved in a race is no longer new, but what is unique about this race is that all of us can be winners. Unlike the track and field events and other competitions that produce only one winner (either a single individual or a team depending on the game), the Christian race is so designed that everyone can be a winner.
Looking at this scripture, you will understand the fact that he was writing to the whole church and encouraging everyone to run to obtain the prize. Beloved, if there is a prize, and since there is a prize, without a doubt, there is also a price. So what does it take to win in this race?
Let us look at The Living Bible translation of that scripture:
“In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. ….. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (TLB)
Beloved, you do not have a choice but to run the race to win. God forbid that you run the race in vain. God forbid that the devil will successfully trip you on this race. However, there are certain things to note and that is what Apostle Paul went on to highlight that we must take note of if we must obtain the prize. We will look at that tomorrow.
Further Reading: 1 Cor. 9:24-27
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Amos 1-3; Evening- Revelation 6