Keeping Our Focus
The focus for the believer is not to win; the focus for the believer is in the running of the race. For if we run properly,we will win. But if we run the race entangled and ensnared by the “cares of the world” and the “sin which so easily entangles us,” there is no possibility of winning, no matter how much effort is expended. We are to run in such a way as to win.
We are to walk and not faint. We are to avoid the pitfalls, the snares, the entanglements, and distractions so that we will win. Every believer who runs properly will complete the race and win along with every other believer who has remained faithful to his calling during his lifetime. We all win together as we all strive together and serve together.
Too many athletes finish the race and win the prize only to have it taken away in the end because they were found to have not run the race properly. They cheated, cut corners, and took calculated risks and were exposed for who they really were in the end. They disqualified themselves because they did not run according to the rules of the game. The Bible is our guidebook— our rules for how to run the race. The Judge at the end knows every intimate detail of our life and knows if we are running to win, if we are running according to His rules, or if we are just fooling ourselves and not actually in the race at all.
Prayer: Father, reveal those intimate details of my life that may have entangled me in running the race to win.
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