Running To Win

Posted by Anthony Crumley

There is a significant difference between running a race and running it to win. God wants us to live our lives with the same kind of focus and determination that a champion runner has.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  (1 Cor. 9:24)

Personally, I have ran several endurance races but have never ran to win.  My goal has always been to finish without killing myself.  Having finished, I could say I ran the race and feel like I had accomplished something but didn’t have to make too many sacrifices along the way.  To be the winner of an endurance race requires tremendous sacrifice in every area of the athlete’s life.  (1 Cor. 9:25)

The attitude of doing the least we can to get by is not the kind of attitude God wants us to have.  He has called us to live a life completely abandoned to Him.  We are to remove everything from our life that distracts us from doing what He wants.  (Heb. 12:1)  Strange as it may seem, this kind of self-sacrifice is the way to a much fuller life.  “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for [Jesus'] sake and the gospel’s will save it.”  (Mark 8:35)

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