December is a time of the year where there is excitement and a great spirit of celebration. Whilst we enjoy this, let’s also remember that during this season it’s important to pause and reflect on the struggles and achievements we have had throughout the year.
Life is a race and a journey in which all of us are “athletes” – we need to think about how we are running.
Paul writes therefore “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
In order to make it in our race, we need clarity of purpose, a spirit of sacrifice, and the right assistance.
The vision / revelation
We must clearly identify the spiritual and practical goals we want to achieve, and work out how to reach them – not only for us, but also for our loved ones and the community. Thus making the world a better place.
Hard work/ Effort
Without personal sacrifice, we won’t leave a legacy. No one can be successful without working hard. Let us do all we can to make our dreams and visions come true.
The coach / mentor
The most talented sportsperson, without a coach has no chance of becoming a champion. The same goes for the believer. We all need people to do life with: mentors, running mates and disciples. This is the Live Life 1-2-3 that pastor Matt talks about in his book. And that is what develop in different ministries in the church and groups like hubs or huddles.
Life is both a race and a fight, and the time for us to win our crown is now – with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Bible warns us about the trials and oppositions; but at the same time guarantees us the victory as long as we remain committed to the Lord and we do not give up. Hebrews 10:35-36 says
“…do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:”
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God ” (Hebrews 12: 1- 2).
Despite the obstacles, your relationship with the King of Glory guarantees your success in this life, and the life to come. Receive the anointing to finish your race and win the eternal crown! We will obtain prizes and trophies in our careers, but let us work harder toward the prize of the high calling. That is what matters the most. Scripture says that we are saved (which means we are blessed, victorious, healed, etc.) by grace through faith. Let us receive that grace by faith this month, in Jesus’ name!