1 Corinthians 9:24, “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.”
In life, we are all runners. We all compete for a prize. Whether we know it or not, we are all competing for a prize at the end of the race. There are 2 prizes: the world or Heaven above. Do we run for the world or run for the One who is in Heaven?
In life, there are many stages to complete. Just like in a race where there are units of distance, life has units of distance. There are the times of being a child, teenager, adult, and older adult. Some make it through all stages and some do not. However long your race is, how the race is run is what is important. We are to run in a way to obtain the prize.
To run for the world is to run for instant gratification. Those who do so want everything and want it now. They are not willing to wait for greater things to come because they feel that there is nothing better waiting for them. They want to live in the moment. Live as if life is over tomorrow. The world becomes their god and they serve it to the fullest. Running for the world is east but that is the point. It takes little effort and thus results in receiving the better prize.
To run for Heaven is to run as if the world is meaningless. The world is merely a launching pad to another place. Those who live for Heaven cast off the world and its possessions in favor of Heavenly things. Heaven is not instant for most. It requires patience to achieve and requires much hard work. People avoid the run to Heaven because it is difficult. If we are willing to give up things and serve God, we will receive Heaven in the end. Sure it is difficult and not popular to most, but if you want to be with God, the difficult path is required.
The road to Heaven is an uphill climb. The road to the world is a flat land. One requires work and the other requires little. The world is around for a time. Most people will live 70 or so years on average and then what? What happens after that? If the life is lived for the world, that is it. That is the reward. If the life is lived for Heaven, an eternity of joy, happiness, and love is the reward. Why chance living against God for an eternity without Him? The world does not bring happiness like God.
God gives us a choice. Heaven and an eternity with Him or Hell and an eternity separated from Him. It is easy to be sucked in to what the world has to offer. But here is a thought: God offers so much more than the world has to offer. God offers a crown of life away from pain, suffering, and harm. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more evil. Without God, that is not promised. Eternal torment awaits those without God.
So what will it be? Run a race toward God or away from Him? Deny Him and suffer for eternity or Accept Him and live with Him forever. The choice is ours. The choice is always ours. Let us stay on the race that leads to God. The world will come and go but God is eternal and His gift is worth far more than all the wealth of the world. Nothing can replace what Jesus did for us. Nothing is worth more. Run to the One who is seated at the right hand of His Father. Run to Jesus.
We are in a race. The race of our lives and souls. Help us to run to You with all of our bodies, minds and souls. Help us to neglect the things of this world that do not satisfy like You do. Help us to serve You instead of the false gods that this world has to give us. You are the One True God not a puny god without power. Happiness for all eternity awaits us if we chose You. Help us to flee the evil of this world. Let our feet be guided to You always.
In Your name we pray,