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. (1 Corinthians 9:24–25)
Whether we realize it or not we are all in a race—a race against time. From an eternal perspective, it is a very short time. The problem is, we have to figure out what is really important in that period of time, and make provision for life in eternity. Whether we like it or not, we are all going to face eternity.
In KingdomNomics, we constantly remind ourselves that everything we can see and touch is in the process of perishing. The above passage is a reminder that we are in a race against time. It is important to make sure we are running for the right goals and purposes. The world is running after perishing things, including wealth, status, position, power, and fame. However, Paul reminds us that as Christians we are running for an imperishable reward: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Jesus said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal” (John 6:27, ESV).
In KingdomNomics we live by this principle, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of lifehanded down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious bloodof Christ, a lambwithout blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18–19).
Run your race with the right goal in front of you!
Today, ask yourself:
In what ways am I running for a perishable crown? In what ways am I focused on the goal of an imperishable crown?