And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway,”
  1 Corinthians 9:23-27 (KJV).

We are in a race together!  A race to share the gospel of  Jesus Christ before we draw our last breath or time ends. At that point, all opportunity for heavenly reward will cease.

There are all types of prizes for earthly contests and races.  The Bible says these prizes, or crowns of sorts, are perishable so will not last forever as they must be left behind when we die. No one takes their Super Bowl ring, Olympics medal, Purple Heart for valor, movie or song trophies, boy scout medals, or school awards with them beyond that veil called eternity.

But there is a race that we’ve all been entered in — like it or not. There are those who can hardly wait to race to accomplish His purpose and plan, or those who just stand at the starting line when it is time to run (no interest in pursuing Jesus), or those who want to quit and wait back in the comfortable locker room (turned their backs on Jesus and His race).

Jesus promises an imperishable crown.  No one can take it from you and it will be yours forever. Think of that! The wonder and awe of being honored for eternity for choices made here = astonishing!

We need to take care how we run this race.  Castaways are just lost souls. They are adrift in a salty sea. How can they answer the call, “Who will go for us?” You cannot reach out to the lost when you yourself do not avail yourself of the cardinal compass points called God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and the Bible (Hisword of truth). You’re just hopelessly lost unable to even find the track where the race is being held without faith in God and his plan of salvation through Jesus’s atonement.

As in an earthly race there are rules to follow if you want to win. TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION. TUNE OUT SOCIAL MEDIA. LISTEN TO PRAISE MUSIC INSTEAD OF SECULAR JUNK-FOOD FILLERS THAT JUST WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME. Pursue that which God promises to reward. Be kind to yourself. Imagine the most buff workout coach you can, then BECOME THAT PERSON BUT IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. BECOME A HURDLER OF OBSTACLES THAT COME AGAINST YOU AS A RACER.

For the Spirit-filled Christ follower, we are given guidelines for winning:

  1. Self-control — shrug off the chains that attempt to entangle and drag you down and out to be disqualified. Who can run with their feet entrapped by chains?
  2. Preach to others through your example, in word and deed. BUT — be careful to not participate in self-deception with unclean hands and impure motives that you would be a castaway and be disqualified, for lustful desires for fame, power position, sexual brokenness in its myriad dysfunction forms is our greatest enemy. Obedience to our call must be first.

Add these worship songs to your playlist:

  • “Castaway” by Chasen
  • “Compass (featuring Manwell Reyes)” by Jonathan Thulin
  • “Ready Set Go (featuring Capital Kings)” by Royal Tailor

Chase after god like he is your compass. Don’t lose your navigation or be cast away!

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