Did you realize that we are born into a race? We all run in the “race of life” which not only involves this life but eternal life, as well.
And, as you would expect, every race has its own rules and guidelines as well as its rewards. The same is true in the “race of life.”
The Bible reveals everything to us about life and godliness. (2 Pet 1:3) It tells about the guidelines for our lives, and discloses the nature and power of our weapons. (2 Cor 10:4) Here are some of truths that we all need to understand about the race in which we are engaged.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor 9:25 NIV)
A prize –
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Cor 9:24 NKJV)
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Tim 4:8)
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (Jas 1:2)
. . . and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Pet 5:4)
And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Tim 2:5)
Perseverance Needed –
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rev 2:10)
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. (Rev 3:11)
Think about the nature of your own race, and how you can run it with more wisdom and power. Blessings upon you!