All I Had To Do Was Run
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
Today’s Morsel: One of the major events in the Olympic games is racing. And one of the things about racing is only one person can win and receive the prize. When we understand this from a spiritual standpoint, we must run to obtain. There comes a time that each of us must run from those things that can harm us or hinder us from winning the race and obtaining the prize that Christ has set before us. Paul told his protege Timothy, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) Paul’s desire to encourage and inspire on the Corinthian believers was to use the Olympic event of racing to challenge them, as they were well-aware of this event. He told them, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” He wanted this church to obtain the prize that God has laid up for them. He told them that this Christian life is a race, so run it well. Solomon said, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) We all have the same chance to win. But if we do not run, we cannot obtain. Paul again admonishes us, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:1-3) Don’t miss the prize because you didn’t run !
Sing: I’m running for my life; I’m running for my life. I’m running for my life; I’m running for my life. If anybody asks you, what’s the matter with me, tell them that I’m saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled and water baptized, I've got Jesus on my mind and I’m running for my life.
Thought For Today: All I had to do was run (Parker)