Friday, 14 June 2013

THE RACE

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 2:5
In the world of sport; all athletes run to get the prize, they are all competing for the prize. None of them wants to run the race aimlessly, none of them would say “I want to come last in the competition.”
No matter the type of race any athlete is running, be it hundred meter or marathon, the runner cannot finish with the same energy and strength he started with. His strength will be reducing as he continues the race. That is why some runners end up coming last in the race.
When competing in a race, your chance of winning depends on the amount of strength you have left before getting to the finish line. Some athlete started their race well with full energy and strength, but before getting to the finish line, they go out of strength, some may fall and people that are coming behind them overtake and win the race.
In the same vein, the Christian race is similar to the race I explained above. We are all running the race to get a prize- that is to make heaven. Every believer wants to make heaven, we want to get the prize and reign with Christ in eternity. Running the race is not an easy task; it takes the grace of God to finish well.
Along the Christian race, you will be faced with some obstacles that can hinder you, distractions that can cause you to lose focus, and storms that may want to blow you out of track. Hebrew 12:1 says “ Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us.” It is not all that started the race that will finish well. Some started the race with full level of energy and strength, but ran out of strength during obstacles, distractions and storm.
Some fell while running the race and gave up by refusing to stand up. God has made provision for everything we would need to run the race, grace and mercy are available, His strength also makes perfect in weakness (11 Corinthians 12:9). If you are weak to carry on, call on him to renew your strength, He said those that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength. We need to go to God often to “charge” our spiritual battery because without Him we can do nothing.
Some believers fell during the race and they stopped running, instead of them to continue the race they start to condemn themselves. The scripture says if the RIGHTEOUS fall seven times, he shall stand again, this shows that anybody can fall.
If you fall; don’t stay there, go to God in genuine repentance, He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) The devil is busy planting things that can cause believers to fall during their race, he is the accuser of brethren, but our God is a merciful God. He does not want any sinner to die in their sin, He said whoever comes to Him He will no wise cast away.
No matter how far you might have gone into sin, don’t give up your Christian race, stand up and continue the race, in repentance go to Him, He said if your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). At the same time we should not abuse the grace of God upon our lives. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We cannot continue in sin and ask grace to abound (Romans 6:1)

Let us all continue to run our heavenly race so that we would get the prize of glory; the race is not for perishable crown but for the crown that will last forever!











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