1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (KJV)
The program of God through history is like a relay race, and in this race you must run with a victory in mind.
Apostle Paul uses two illustrations to describe the Christian and Christianity: the runner and the fighter. his purpose of these common illustrations is to help you understand your role in this race as child of God. In a race the rule is that if one runner drop out the whole team loses. If one runner lose the baton the whole team is eliminated. If one runner break the rules the whole team is disqualified. The work of no runner counts until every runner does his share and the anchor man hits the tape at the finished line. There are lots of distractions as you run the race passers by beckons on you, false goals attracts you, competition discourage you, and opposition causes you to falter. The lord Jesus, is a tried and trusted leader who blazed the trail of faith by His own obedience and perseverance He finished the course in a burst of glory He is your guide and your goal. However you must run with victory in mind in order to win the race. The word of God says in Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, so be as earnest to make heaven as an athlete that is running with a victory in mind to win a race. You must go into strict training, and make every effort to add to your faith goodness, knowledge and self control for if you possess all these qualities, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our lord Jesus Christ.
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Like an athlete keep your body under control and bring it into subjection in order to gain eternal rewards and joy. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Bible says I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 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. Fellow runner, do not just be a partaker but run with a victory in mind to win the race.