The Race

11 Jul


I’m so happy to finally be in the RACEtrack where God wants me to be in. To know his will, his purpose and my destiny.

Two years of discipleship, Two years of me getting to know God better day by day, Two years of ups and downs (mostly up thank God 🙂 ), Two years of my life, Two years in the dessert, Two years of everything. It all makes perfect sense now, and it only made perfect sense as I seek first his kingdom (Matthew 6:33).

A runner needs to be in a racetrack, because this is why he trains night and day. This is his purpose, this is where he needs to be exactly. Similarly, in this race called life, we need to be in that race track which God built for us to fulfill his purpose and reach our destiny.

Following are four things the Bible tells us about this RACE:

1) The Starting Line
Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the RACE marked out for us.

It says in Hebrews 12:1 that there is a RACE marked out for us, for each and everyone of us. Sometimes we already know where that is but something prevents us from competing in that race. As an analogy, runners don’t run with things that can slow them down (encumber, overburden), things that weigh heavily because it will be hard for them if not impossible to compete in that race.

Similarly in this life there will be things that will entangle us and prevent us from running that race. In order to run that race we must throw of things that prevent us from running and competing in that race. Paul or Peter clearly states in Hebrews to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. 🙂

2) Run with all your might
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.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

When in that race already you have to run with all you’ve got, especially if the race will be just a short sprint. Runners are only given one chance, win or go home. In NBA there is only one champion, in the FIFA world cup, only one emerges as the eventual champion. So when in that race, give it everything you’ve got. We only have one life to live (a very short one indeed), it’ll be very wise not to waste it. 🙂

3) The Finish Line
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the RACE, I have kept the faith.

Runners get tired in a race, this is one obstacle which the runner needs to overcome by endurance. Other hindrances like the runners mental toughness, emotional condition comes into play as well. In spite of all this, the runner still gives it his all to finish the race and not quit. Similarly in this life, the storms will come, trials and transitions are definitely going to come your way but Paul, at the end of his life tells us how he’s fought the good fight and finished the race while keeping the faith.

Nobody likes a quitter, we should have that vision in mind of completing the entire race once we join the RACE marked out for us.

and finally,

4) The right RACE
Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the RACE and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

Even if you win and compete by the rules, if you’re on the wrong racetrack then you will be disqualified for the prize. Paul says that there is only one racetrack worth fighting for, that apart from it this life would mean nothing to him.

This is where I am right now, I am in the racetrack that primarily testifies God’s grace to the whole world. Two years of searching, this is the only thing that made perfect sense. His gospel, the only thing worth living for. 🙂

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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Life Lessons


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