Remember when you used to run so fast that the wind would whistle in your ears? No? Well, do you remember running at all? Yes? OK.
It seems like we’re “running” all the time now in relation to the many things we are trying to accomplish in a very short period of time. We “run” here and there, sometimes having to look at a list to find out which thing is next. It seems like life is a race-against-time.
Though he had been a Pharisee, the apostle Paul grew up in a Roman culture where sports were very prominent. Wrestling, boxing, and races were common and there was nothing to watch on TV. So sports became a concentration of the people. When Paul considered ways to communicate the spiritual warfare and the urgency of our day-to-day struggle and adventure in a way that people could understand, he used sports as a way to communicate how to “win the race”.
1 Corinthians 9:24 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.
We’re going to have a great time exploring this scripture in a message entitled, “Running to Win”. Try not to miss this one.