“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, The Message
Living life where we run and rest with purpose takes effort. Yesterday we talked about the first step: starting. Starting can be hard. It can be really intimidating. But starting is necessary.
Have you started what God has asked you to?
An essential next step is to grow.
Growing in our faith is all about staying on course. You stay on course by staying in the race.
The race of life isn’t a sprint where you run as hard as you can for a short distance. Life is a long distance race. Life requires us to take deliberate action to stay on course.
Here’s how Paul put it in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” It’s as if he’s saying, “I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
Don’t turn back. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted. Keep pressing forward!