Race Weekend

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” (1 Cor 9:24)

I am almost positive if you have been outside your home in the last week you have noticed the steady increase in traffic all over the Pell City area. The eating establishments are fuller, the gas stations are fuller, the stores are packed, and traffic, well Pell City now has a traffic issue, at least for this week. The Talladega NASCAR race is in town this weekend, and accordingly, there are over 175,000 thousand seats to be filled, along with many who will park in the infield, and several who will never leave their tailgating spot. To put in perspective the number of people at the races, the population of Pell City is nearly 10,000. Some things are certain to happen at the race: cars will leave the starting line, cars will race full steam ahead, someone will wreck and will not reach the goal, and others will pass the checkered flag, but only one person will win the race.

 

Many times the Bible relates the walk of the Christian to a “race”. If you follow racing you well know that each driver looks ahead for the waving of the checkered flag. The race is long, the drivers are hot and tired, and the flag is a sign of accomplishment to each driver that they have reached their goal. The Hebrew writer reminds us that we are to “run the race with endurance” (Heb 12:1). The task in front of us is not easy, and the task in front of us requires our endurance and our perseverance. The weight of the world and the temptations of the world affect the Christian in many ways. Further, the Hebrew writer reminds us to be “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). Much like those drivers at Talladega, our goal is clearly in front of us. The drivers each know no matter how difficult the race when they crossed the checkered flag, they can rest, and the Hebrew writer reminds us we are to keep our mind set on the goal.

 

Although 42 cars will start the race today, all will not cross the finish line, sadly. We are reminded to “remain faithful unto death” in order to receive the promised crown of life (Rev 2:10). There are those who will not keep their eyes on the goal, and who will not work diligently in seeking God. But while there may only be one winner at Talladega, Paul reminds us that we are all to run the Christian race in a way that we may “obtain” the prize (1 Cor 9:24). Heaven will be full of those who have lovingly and faithfully served God, and all who reach that goal are indeed winners.

 

Ande Z

Activities:
Tuesday – Devo at Ande Z’s (7-12th grade)
May 19th – Backwoods Christian Camp work day
May  20th – Area Wide at Decatur Hwy. church of Christ

May 22nd – CAFCS Graduation
May 24th – PCHS Graduation

 

 

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