Have you ever trained for a great race in life? It takes commitment. Today we see that we ought to run toward salvation like only one person on earth can receive it, yet share it as the free and amazing grace available to all. Train to win and train to share the prize…
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. 25 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. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
The Apostle Paul considers salvation something to be shared with everyone he knows, yet also considers it a personal prize or goal for himself. He considers it to be like the first place prize in a runners’ race. Receiving eternal life is like winning that race. Think about that:
We ought to run toward salvation like only one person on earth can receive it, yet share it as the free and amazing grace available to all.
That’s how valuable salvation is, for you individually, and also for your neighbours and friends and family.
What does the training look like to be a Christian winner? We see that everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. Paul says they do this for an earthly prize. Our prize is heavenly. It is eternal. It will last forever.
Therefore, if we are training to ‘win’ in the Christian life, for the prize which is eternal, our approach to today and tomorrow will be different from those not in the game.
Yup – get your head in the game. That’s what I’m saying to you and me. Get your head into the Christian game. Structure your life so that you are pressing into understanding the Lord’s will and his grace and his love. Press into sharing the Lord with those around you.
My commitment to prayer, reading the Bible, and learning in Christian community is part of my training. Serving the Lord in my church willingly and whole-heartedly is part of my training. Being generous with others from the blessings I receive is part of my training. Notice that these are characteristics of Jesus when he was on earth.
Our training is learning to live like Jesus and be like Jesus so that we can help others to know Jesus and spend eternity with us worshiping Jesus. Is your head in that game?