Yesterday we had to complete our annual fitness test at work. As I was walking in my tracksuit to my unit, one of my students ran passed me in order to complete some work before the fitness test began. As I greeted him, I asked him if he was ready for the fitness test, and he replied that he was definitely going to try and do as well as he could.
After he was gone I found myself quite convicted. I was planning on meeting the minimum standards laid out for us, but had not really thought about doing my absolute best in every aspect of the test.
1 Corinthians 9 vs 24
“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.”
Immediately I was reminded of this passage in Corinthians and began to examine the way I am living my Christian race. Am I running to win the prize? Am I putting my every effort into training myself in spiritual discipline? These questions need to be asked daily and one needs to keep their mind fixed on where it is we are going and depending fully on the one who can help us to get there.
During the fitness test I happened to come alongside a student who I know is much fitter and stronger than I am. I was able to ask him if he was putting in his every effort, and his reply was similar to my attitude of the morning, that he would meet the required standard if he continued at the pace he was going.
I was able to ask him if he read his Bible, something that I rarely get the opportunity to do in our secular environment, and when he said that he did I was able to share this verse with him and ask him what he thought about running the race to win the prize.
Although he did not give me an answer, he started running faster than me and I did not see him again.
Today’s goal: To run to win the prize.