Bible Study To Go
RUN TO WIN PART FOUR:
HOW TO RUN - HITTING THE ROAD
“You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. That is the way I run, with a clear goal in mind. That is the way I fight, not like someone shadow boxing.”
(1 Corinthians 9:24-26 ISV)
“Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Think about the one who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you may not become tired and give up.”
(Hebrews 12:1-3 ISV)
Running The Race Of Life: An Overview And Review
Run To Win Part Four will focus on what it means to actually running the race of life. Up to this point, we’ve briefly answered the questions, what is the race, why are we in the race, what’s the purpose of the race, where do we get the power to run, what are the elements of the race and how to prepare to run.
Earlier we learned that we’re all in the race called life. We also learned that the race is both a sprint and a marathon. We all start out in a marathon, with the hope of living a long life. But during different points in our life we have to run like we’re in a sprint. Having the right mindset and being emotionally grounded helps us to know, realistically, what point we are at in our life. Before making your first physical move, you must move mentally and emotionally. And before moving mentally and emotionally, you must move spiritually.
This is essential in running the race. We saw earlier that sprinting is determined by what is happening in our life at that time. Marathon running is determined by the fact that we are in the race when we're born. Our lifetime is the length of our marathon run.
As in all of life, we have to walk before we can run. Walking starts by putting one foot in front of the other. Once that’s taken care of, running is simply putting one foot in front of the other at a faster pace.
Regardless of whether you are currently sprinting to a goal toward the prize or just in the marathon aspect of your run toward the prize, be sure to pace yourself. In short, that’s all that we have to do in running the race of life.
How Do We Take Our First Steps
Before moving on, remember that there are two aspects of this race of life. There is the natural and the spiritual. We are in the natural race by our physical birth. But, through the Holy Spirit, we choose to be born again and enter the spiritual race.
(Click here for more information on taking the first step and being born again so that you can get the eternal prize)
But, taking those steps will take effort, constant assessing and reassessing of your progress. Using the example of a baby walking to get across the room to get a toy. When babies start to walk:
Once we get a vision of a prize and make it our purpose to get it, we use that same sequence throughout our natural and spiritual lives.
Jesus uses two parables to demonstrate the willingness of a person who has a vision to do whatever it takes to get their prize.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When he found one priceless[k] pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it.”
(Matthew 13: 44-45)