Victory doesn’t come without a fight. It comes at a price. Before running a marathon, you have to prepare by working out, eating healthy and getting enough rest. Then when you get on the track you have got to run the whole race, finish well to earn your medal. Medals and trophies are not given to those who finish last or drop out of the race, but to those who stick it out and finish well. It takes hard work and sacrifice to get good results. You have to remain focused, committed and disciplined throughout your preparation period so when you get on the track, your body can handle the pressure of the competition. Your body will get sore before it gets used to handling the intense workout but giving up before you get started won’t get you in the race or win you a medal. Giving up because the fight has become too fierce will not bring you victory.
Running our race as believers also requires focus, discipline and commitment. Jesus taught us that pretty well by how He lived His life here on earth. He is the perfect example of how we ought to run our race. I was watching Jim Caviezel’s interview about the movie passion of the Christ, and he said many profound things but this one was a home run for me. ‘If you do not pick up your cross, you will be crushed by the weight of it’ (Jim Caviezel).. As believers we are assured of eternal life if we run the race and finish it well but we’ve got to pick up our cross and carry it everywhere we go. Luke 9:23Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. There are certain things you have to give up, certain people you have to let go off. The old man is dead and in Christ, you have become a new creation. Bad company corrupts good character. Your old friends who did things that did not honor God can be evangelized, ministered to by you but hanging out with them in places that you as a believer should not be is a no no.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not knowthatina racealltherunnersrun,butonly onereceivestheprize?Runin such a wayas totake the prize.Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable. Our reward is not from man but from God. Our reward is not perishable but eternal. Our reward is everlasting. Our reward is irrevocable to those who run their race and finish. Do not become a busy body or the salvation police and pick apart everyone who is struggling to run their race or isn’t a believer but like Robert Madu says, ‘stay in your lane. Pray for those who are lost or struggling with their faith and ask God to use to minister to them in love without judgment or condemnation. Be an example to unbelievers and young believers by how well you run your race. Be passionate, persevere and stay focused because your reward is Christ Jesus.