“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.”

1 Corinthians 9:24, 26 NLT

Running is not my favorite thing. I have a church member who loves to run marathons. She said that when she’s running her mind is free. She can run for hours!

If I had her love for running I could see myself doing that. The times I’ve trained for our annual “Back2Eden” 5k took everything I had to train myself. The thing that kept me going was my will to win. I’m not one just to be running for the fun of it, but I will run to win!

In life we have to make up our minds to run or not run. Every morning the lion and the gazelle wake up. The lion wakes up and knows that if he doesn’t outrun the the gazelle he’s not going to eat that day. If the gazelle doesn’t outrun the lion, he’s going to die that day. So every day you wake up you have to make up your mind that you’re going to run to win!

The apostle Paul said that he runs to win. How do we do that?

  1. You have to keep your eyes on the prize. For the lion the prize was food. For the gazelle the prize was life. For Paul the prize was eternal life with God. Our prize has to be something that is imperishable. It’s good to gain earthly prizes but something eternal has to be your driving force. I have a couple of medals for winning 5k races in my age division but what makes me run is knowing I’m raising money for people to have affordable homes in Eden Square. That accomplishment will outlive my run. Why are you running?
  2. You have to run with purpose in every step. Why did God put you on earth? You were born to do something that nobody else can do. When you run with purpose in every step you don’t waste time with things that don’t line up with your purpose.
  3. You have to discipline your body so you will not be disqualified. Being a Christian is like being an athlete. It takes discipline! Paul said, “I beat my body to bring it into submission to God’s holy will so that after preaching to others I will not be disqualified!” If we are going to run to win we have to be disciplined. All things might be legal for us but not all things are beneficial. 

Dear God,

I’m making up my mind to run to win! I win when I do your will. All we do is win when our ways are pleasing to you. Give me the strength to be focused and disciplined to run this race you’ve purposed for me to run. I’m going to keep on running because winners don’t quit on themselves. Help me to run to win more lost souls for you!

In Jesus’ Name,