Listened to a radio Preacher – talking about how in scripture a crown awaits the winner of a race…
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
New International Version (NIV)
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 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.”
He went on to cajole the listener about a strict schedule of reading and prayer — just like an athlete would be found in the weight room or out doing road work very regularly. Sure. This is good.
But don’t you know that the struggle is a spiritual one?
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The race we run, is against ourselves. It’s to be willing … to accept change as the Holy Spirit leads. If you fall in love with Christ, it will be hard to keep your nose out of scripture. Because of love we serve the Kingdom. Not out of some false aspiration to winning a “crown of glory.”
To many who are very busy with Christian “Works” Jesus will say:
“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ “
“I am redeemed into the Kingdom of God, His willing servant. I am a slave no more.”