In the good ol’ days PPC (pre political correctness) competition meant going up against others in your chosen endeavor with the intention to win. And winning meant coming in first, or top of class, or number one. It’s good to compete. And it’s good to try your best to beat your competitors. And it’s not a bad thing when only one receives the prize.
The Apostle Paul, the greatest theologian of all time, wrote that very thing: “but one receives the prize…run in such a way that you may obtain it.”
He encourages Christians to run…which could be interpreted “live” as though we’re competing for a prize. Then he describes the prize we might obtain in this world as “a perishable crown”. It won’t last. It’ll rust, or fade, or one day be lost or forgotten. But we Christians obtain “an imperishable crown”. It’s a crown of righteousness that will never rust, fade, or ever go away.
When we wrap our minds around that prize, which is the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus, we can run with assurance. We can fight the good fight and our “punches” will land where they’re needed. The ironic thing is we’re not looking for the fight, but standing for Truth means the fight often comes looking for us.
As I share this with you it’s good for me to read it, hear it, and take it into my heart. I need to know it as much as anyone else. So, as my fingers type the keys that form these words I’m telling myself to keep running this race as though only one receives the prize. The good news is…through God’s limitless love everyone has a chance at the prize. Are you living your life in that Truth? If not…why not?
In Faith, Hope, and Love…
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