The apostle Paul compared his journey as a follower of Jesus to an athlete in a race. Whether we realize it or not, we are all running a race for something. Most people are running a race for one of three things – running for themselves, running for worldly things or running a race for the cause of Christ.
When you are running the race for the cause of Christ, you cannot run it by yourself. Christ must run it in and through you. The race can sometimes be a short sprint, and other times it can be a marathon. But it’s all for the cause of Christ. Of course, you have to belong to Christ before you can run this race. When you do, God will use you to draw others to Him.
Are you running in a way that will let others see Christ in you? Who is in your path that needs to know Him? If you run His race, He will give you everything you need to win it.
The Bible tells us that the apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says, “You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. That is the way I run, with a clear goal in mind. That is the way I fight, not like someone shadow boxing. No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified.”
What kind of race will you run in 2018? What will other people in your path encounter when they meet you? It’s up to you. Spend time with God this year. Spend time in the Bible. Pray to Him that He will give you more spiritual discipline to run the race He has laid out before you. You will be amazed at what He will do in and through you. See you at the finish line!