At a Dodger Stadium news conference on Tuesday December 11. 2012 , the Los Angeles Dodgers introduced their newly acquired $147 million Baseball pitching star, Zack Greinke to the news media. Majority owner, Magic Johnson was asked whether money was no object with the Dodgers. He responded with four words, “We want to win”.
Everybody wants to be a winner. Winning is everything in the secular world, especially in sports and athletics. It is not enough to compete. One has to win, and win now! Otherwise, you are deemed a loser, and since no one wants to be a loser, the pressure of winning becomes greater.
Unfortunately, not everybody can be a winner. There is only one spot on the podium for the winner, so some of us have to settle for the unpopular also ran position.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Instead, let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. . . Hebrews 12:1-2
However, unlike the secular world, everyone can be a winner in Christ and in the Christian world. In this sacred world, the race is not awarded to the swift nor the battle to the strong. This race is a marathon, and the winners are those who run with patience and endure to the end. There is no controversy in the Christian race. No doping scandal and no false start. Everyone is on equal footing.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10
There is no so-called superstar in the Christian race, and there is no mention of judges or referees. There is only one Judge–the righteous JUDGE and He cannot be bought. He does not take a bribe. He calls the race as He sees it. It does not matter how popular you are, and how long you have been running. He does not curry-favor.
Here is how a winner in the Christian world sounds at the end of his race:
I have fought the good fight, and I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing”. 2 Timothy 4.
Thanks for this post Noel….Amen! I hope it is said of me that I fought the good fight and finished the race, when I am gone.
Have a blessed day my friend.
Season’s greetings to you Minister Glenda. I hope every Christian is striving for the day when we will be at peace with ourselves like the apostle Paul was. I can only imagine how he felt, knowing that he had done everything he possible could, both in his walk with Christ and in his quest to win souls for the kingdom. I want to be like Paul. He never tried to be like Jesus. Instead, he strives for perfection in Christ.
Thank you Noel. I couldn’t agree more.
Thanks so much Wayne. The Christian race is not a myth. It is a real life situation.
May God blesses you richly, my brother.
Noel, I love this. Thank you for this. Need to meditate on these tonight.
Noel, I love this. I’m going to meditate in these tonight.
Great encouragement Noel. Thanks.
Isn’t it the greatest thing to KNOW that we WILL finish the race – not because we are good or because of anything we do, but simply because HE has promised that He will never leave us; that He will constantly guide us; that He has paid the price for our eternal redemption and that He has guaranteed a home with Him to every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God.
I could not run the race – or even a short leg of the race – without Him, but He enables and empowers and undertakes for me and I give Him all the praise, looking forward to the day when I will do so without ANY distractions.
We are one day closer!