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Abide & Run to Win

Abide & Run to Win

Published May 16, 2019 | Women Mentoring WomenTerri Jenkin 

People from all over the world come together to run the Boston Marathon. I recently heard the testimony of a man who lost both legs in combat and ran the marathon for the fourth time. He shared that he had to push through with one goal in mind—to cross the finish line. The Word of God tells us to run with a purpose, keeping our eyes on the prize at the finish line. We are to stay the course regardless of what life might throw at us.

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. (1 Cor. 9:24-25).

“Striveth for the mastery” means to struggle, specifically to contend with an adversary. I often view the adversary as Satan tripping me along the way; however, the truth is I am my own worst enemy. I can become focused on daily concerns, a busy schedule, and overwhelming responsibilities. 

As we abide in Christ, we must—

RUN WITH DISCIPLINE.  We must have consistent time in the Word and do the right thing whether we feel like it or not.

RUN WITH DIRECTION.  We are to run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. We must not allow circumstances and people, both good and bad, to get us off track.

RUN WITH DETERMINATION. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).  We have a goal of winning an incorruptible crown, therefore we must actively pursue the goal. If we neglect the Word, we are setting ourselves up for failure.

RUN TO WIN. We must choose to lay aside every weight and turn from sin (Heb. 12:1) and keep our eyes fixed on Christ. 

And now, little children, ABIDE IN HIM, that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:24).