Running the Christian Race

We have all had the feeling that we ran in circles, and nothing was accomplished. How many times can you honestly say you have been worn out, but it seems nothing was done? It is only reasonable to know that if it can happen in everyday life, it can happen in our church work as well. How many visits, how many calls, how many emails, how many bible studies have you tried to set up, how many doors have you knocked, and how many encouraging cards have you sent, and the response seemed to be at best dismal?
The life of a Christian is characterized by Paul as a “race”.
“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. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Cor 9:24-27).
What is the point? The point is that the race is long, a race is not about how quickly you begin, and it’s not about how fast you run initially. Races are test of endurance, and so is the Christian life. Young people know God expects and demands our endurance in the Christian race, we can pretty much endure anything for a short amount of time, but our level of commitment to God has never been meant to be a “short sprint”, and our race is not uncertain. God has promised that a crown of life will be given to those who complete this race according to the standard God has given.
The Christian race requires endurance, it requires training in the word of God, and it requires us to run in a way that we may obtain the prize offered to us. “Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father” (Matt 7:21). At the end of our time on earth, any disappointments we may have experienced in our work for the church, and any setbacks we may will have been worth it, for the reward that awaits us. Train now for the “long haul” and do not become discouraged.