The literally meaning of race,
1. A progressive movement towards a goal
2. Competitive action of any kind.
3. Travels, runs or journeys.
From the definitions above, three things are similar, a) race is an action b) it has an end c) it involves living things, because it is progressive.
Paul said in 2timothy4:7 ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race.”
Every sphere in life is a race, because life is progressive and time waits for no one.
Paul from the text above, ‘finished the race’ Not everyone who begins one race or the other finishes it.
Race is not an easy task, from the physical race we all know it requires strength, constant practice and determination.
The Christian race can be likened to a PURPOSE that must be achieved, a COURSE we’ve been asked to run. Acts 20:24 “But, I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself if only I may finish my COURSE and the MINISTRY that I received from the Lord Jesus, to TESTIFY to the gospel of the grace of God.”
From the text above, Paul identified his purpose, which is the race he has been called to run. Most Christians fail in the race because they haven’t identified or recognized their track on the racing lines. There is always a demacation on fields for every race, so each one can identify where they belong. If a contestant finally finishes the race and founds him or her self on another contestant space, it is as good as he didn’t even start…
Most believers are yet to discover purpose, this will be the number 1 treath to every Christian race. In Matthew 25:1-13 ( the story of the 10 Virgins)
Most of us are likened to the 5 unwise Virgins, they thought they could probably make use of another person’s oil, or haven’t you ever tried to wonder why they can’t be in pairs and make use of the other available lamps?. That is never possible in the kingdom race. The race is for each person. The purpose may be similar but each person have to be accountable on his or her own.
Let us get up and leave another person’s space, let’s stay on our track to start the race.
DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE
Start a relationship with God today, give him your all and he will make his mind opened to you.
Until Paul discovered PURPOSE he never knew his space in the kingdom, he was busy doing another thing which was best to him then, he fought but it was the bad fight.
Will you get up and fight the good fight. The Bible says in 2corinthians 10:4 ” for the weapon of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power “ESV.
After Paul recognized his purpose, his weapon for the fight changed. He now understood that the race is not for the Swift nor the battle for the strong ( a physically fit athlete). If we think we can fight and conquer the kingdom race physically it will end in shame. It is spiritual and not carnal. If carnally fought with, then it is a waste of time. When Paul was still persecuting the church he knew the law, understood and practices it. But he fought a BAD fight. Until we come to a realization that the race in which we are in is spiritual, we will never fight the good fight.
The fight of being a terror to the kingdom of darkness is what we have been called to. The race to deliver the lost souls, the race to bring down God’s glory, the race to make Jesus known to the world, Paul took the gospel to so many places, he led truthfully with passion.
Where is the passion in us today as Christians?. Let us all rise and discover purpose, let us rise and fight the good fight.
He has called you to be light unto the world, arise and shine, your glory has come (Jesus) the spirit of the lord is risen upon you. ” Isaiah60:1″. The race might seem tough but with God on your side you will conquer, he promised us the holy spirit who is our helper. He is ready to help us in the race. Even if you’ve fallen along the way, be ready to get back on your feet and be on the right track. With the help of God you shall finish the race successfully.
There is a crown of glory that awaits you at the end, run the race with all determination. knowing and having it at the back of your mind that the end of a thing is better than the beginning there of. Romans 8:18 ” For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
Happy Kingdom Racing!!!