You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. – 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 MSG
As I read this passage, I could feel the Holy Spirit speaking to me. That very last part is what struck me the most; I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. In another version, NLT to be exact, the verse finishes with I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
After reading this, it occurred to me that a lot of us are living this life and going day by day without purpose. Not that we don’t have a purpose, but that we chose to live it outside of it. We have chosen to live in accordance to what our flesh desires; fun times and whats convenient to us rather than living out our fullest potential and running with what God has deposited in our hands.
So many of us, and I say us, because I too have found myself in this position at times, have forgotten who we are in Christ and the mandate that He gave to us. Yes, we go to church and post Bible verses on our Facebook pages, but what are we doing when no one is watching?
Are we running to the streets to speak to those that need a word outside of the church walls?
Are we running to our knees when a friend finds themselves in hardship?
Are we running to God when we have lost strength and courage in this walk?
I fear that the church of God has gotten too comfortable where it’s at. And I fear that just as this verse says, after preaching to others we might still be disqualified from entering the gates of heaven. It’s time to train our flesh to want and desire Kingdom work. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives, but what reward are we going to get when the trumpet sounds for staying busy in this world with and for material things?
Are we running this race for mere satisfaction of saying that we are present? Or are we running this race to win eternal life in heaven with our father?
It’s something to meditate on.
xo, Cynthia Cano