Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finishing the Race

Its not how you begin, but how you END the Race that counts.

Heard that one countless times before. But no one knows when exactly is the end of the Race. All we know is NOW.

Therefore how we run the Race NOW determines how we will end it.

'Do you 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.' 1 Corinthians 9:24

How should we run today's lap? We must run in such a way as to attain the Prize. Our mind and heart must be set on finishing the Race and obtaining the Prize. Our eyes must be laser-focused on the ultimate goal.

Everyone is running the Race. But not all run in such as way as to attain the Prize. Some begin very well, but will end poorly. Others do not abide by the rules of the Race and end up disqualified. Some take a break along the way and lose precious time. How will you and I run the Race TODAY?

What are our eyes fixed on? What are our hearts and minds set on doing?

We may get distracted along the run. We may stop to see how the other runners are faring. We may lose precious time. Sometimes its difficult to keep going.

If we have our sights set on the wrong goal, on the wrong target, we will run in vain. In the end, we will not obtain the Prize, even if we've abided by the rules and ran well and done everything necessary.

What is our goal and the Prize we're setting our hearts on?

The Apostle Paul says, 'One thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind, and reaching forward unto the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the Prize of the upward CALL OF GOD in Christ Jesus.'
Philippians 3:14

We discover our destiny in our Maker. We find our identity in Christ. If we are not seeking our Creator, and having our sights set on Jesus, we run this race in vain. In the end we are disqualified; in the end we will lose. No matter how successful we've been along the way, if our efforts were never pointed in the direction God desired us to, it all amounts to nothing.

Let's run today's race 'with our eyes fixed on the Author and Finisher of our faith.'

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