Running for Christ

Grace Langmade

The Corinthians participated in foot races that were similar to the Olympics. The runners went through strict training in order to win the prize—a wreath—that would eventually die and be thrown away. The scripture says that Christians should run for a crown that will last forever.

Athletes commit themselves to attaining a goal. They build endurance and strength. They are careful about what they eat. Depending on their sport, they may practice together as a team. They learn to listen to and obey their coach.

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly.
1 Corinthians 9:25-26a

If you are running for “a crown that will last forever,” what is your training program? Are you committed to your Christian faith and to attaining the goal of eternal life? Are you building strength and endurance by praying and studying God’s word? Are you being careful about what you feed your mind? Are you working as part of a team by loving, forgiving, and encouragining other believers? Are you listening to and obeying your coach?


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PRAYER: God, help me to give as  much discipline and attention to my Christian faith as I would to athletic training. Teach me through your word and guide me in love through Jesus Christ. Amen.

—from devozine (March/April 1999). Copyright © 1999 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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