Running The Race
March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
The meaning of Paul’s illustration in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 may seem self-evident in our own sport-obsessed culture. And yet, we still may lose the point Paul is trying to make if we think his emphasis is merely on winning and receiving the winning prize. We all like the last couple of minutes in a tight football or basketball game. Somebody said to me earlier this week he thinks they should just give NBA teams a hundred points each and let them play the last minute 🙂 No, Paul is more concerned about how we run the race than merely the outcome of the race. That is why he says “run in such a way…” (9:24) and “do not run like a man running aimlessly” (9:26). The aim isn’t victory so much as a particular way of running the race. The illustration for the life of faith here is not so much victory as such as it is about the effort and dedication required during the race. The purpose of yet another day added to your life and mine is not about the eventual destination, but about how we are dedicated to participating in the movement of God during this day. Where do you see God at work today and how can you commit yourself to joining Him in that movement?