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Running to Win

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.My failure was on display for everyone to see.

When I was in elementary school, we had to run in physical education class. I always hated those days, because I was so slow and because we had to run in front of the class.

When we moved to Florida and I changed schools, it was even worse. We didn’t have a gym, so P.E. was outside—which meant running was there too. If you’ve never lived in Florida, I will tell you why this was bad. Sand. Running on a wooden floor was hard enough, but running in sand was more difficult.

I’ve never considered myself a runner, so when Paul mentions running in a race, I cringe a little. He says only one receives the prize. I’m thinking that wouldn’t be me. But Paul says to run in such a way that we may obtain it.

Life and our walk with God is like a race. If we plan to obtain the prize, we must run in such a way that we win. Paul knows we’re not all athletes, so he’s not telling us to run a literal race. What he is saying is that we need to live our lives in such a way that we can obtain the prize at the end.

Although our salvation isn’t based on works, we do have a responsibility to live according to the Word’s principles. The race of life may be a one-hundred-meter dash for some and a marathon for others. Regardless of which one it is, we should want to live in such a way that God will say to us in the end, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Lay aside the sin that weighs you down and run hard after God. A part of the prize is walking with Him and being close to Him. Nothing can take that from you.

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Jase Rosenburg

Jase Rosenburg is a writer, blogger, and a former associate youth pastor. He’s the author of two self-published novels, The Lobby and Bryan’s Journey. His passion is bringing faith to life through the written word. Jase resides in Alabama with his wife Mandy and his children.


  1. Jason, this is wonderfully written and point made in a way that I hadn’t thought about in that way... Loved your books and anything you have written... Keep up the good work.