Text: 1 Cor. 9:24-25
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
2 Kings 2:1-15
Life is a race. Some engage in a race just for relaxation and recreation and therefore to them it seldom matters whether they finish the race or not or whether or not there is a trophy. That precisely is the way some people view life. But life is rather a competitive race. Those who lack understanding enter into it as if it does not matter and end up not finishing the race well. Some do things in a rush as if the race of life is a mere dash and end up a ship wreck before long needing clinical attention. Others run in a sloppy manner and therefore get left behind. Some others still, though skillful in the race get distracted by the affairs of this world, their emotions and things. They are not temperate in all things. For any to win in the race of life, he must focus properly on the goal, following the example of Christ. Distractions are all on the way. There are a crowd of witnesses that are lining the route: some hailing, others jeering while some are praying that we do not stumble or fall. Though all these are present, they are neither to be our focus nor attention. We are to strive to win the price by breasting the tape. Don’t allow your emotions to derail you in this race. The praises of men earn you nothing in this race. Remember, part of those who sang Hosanna unto Christ also said crucify him shortly after. If He got Himself driven by emotion of the time He may have derailed. Don’t let the deeds of man make you feel bloated or downcast. Focus on the goal. Focus on the crown that is set before you.
Father, I depend absolutely on you in the race of life. Please keep me focused and never to be distracted in Jesus name.