By Ron Adams
we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let
us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so
easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the
race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the
author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before
Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat
down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews
The art of
running has come a long way over the centuries. Better
training techniques and equipment have been perfected.
Improved gear and shoes have lowered times dramatically.
The physical, emotional and psychological aspects of
coaching have become very sophisticated. All of this has
aided athletes in their performance. Yet, with all the
help, the individual must run the race to win.
There has been
much progress made in helping people gain knowledge of
God’s word (the handbook for running the Race of a
Lifetime). First, there was the printing press with
moveable type, which made mass production of the Bible
feasible. Next came typesetting machines and high speed
printing presses that lowered the cost of Bibles to the
point where even the poorest soul could afford a copy of
the Holy Scriptures. Countless books have been written to
aid in the study of the Bible. Numerous classes have been
held, and are being held, to help the individual gain the
knowledge of God’s Word.
Christ is a whole lot like running. Bible, books, and
training classes are only aids which help us prepare for
the Race of a Lifetime. Nothing can take the place of
individual participation. While teams may win track meets,
it is the individual who wins the race. This is also true
in the Race of a Lifetime. There is no prize awarded to
those who are members of a church full of winners. No
individual can claim credit for what “we” did unless he or
she was an active participant.
In every race
there are rules which must be complied with. It’s same in
the Race of a Lifetime. When one competes as an Christian,
he does not win the prize unless he competes according to
the rules. 2 Timothy 2:5
The Race of a
Lifetime is won or lost individually. This is not so say
we can’t or shouldn’t help one another. But each person is
responsible for working out their own salvation. The blame
for failure cannot be placed on others no more than a
coach can be blamed for a runner’s poor performance.
Pathetic performance on the track, or in the Lord’s
church, can usually be chalked up to one or more of the
following: (1) inadequate training, (2) little dedication,
(3) lack of desire, (4) lack of self-discipline, (5)
becoming encumbered with the things of this world, (6)
quitting before finishing, and such like. Our performance
in this Race of a Lifetime is determined by our
willingness to do whatever it takes to be a winner.
Therefore, with the Lord’s help, run in such a way so as
to gain the prize!
Be a winner in
The Race of a Lifetime!
Do you not know
that those who run in a race all run, but only one
receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
And everyone who competes in the games exercises
self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a
perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run
in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as
not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my
slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I
myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
- F.Y.C. is a monthly publication by Ron Adams. Bible
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