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March 9, 2020

Run with Purpose

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

I have never run a marathon, but whenever I see one on TV, my initial reaction is why would you do such a thing? But as I think of it, I am reminded of the number of lessons we can learn from these races.

Often times when we look at a runner we wonder why they keep going, when they look the way that they do. They look exhausted, yet it seems they could never stop. And so, what we often fail to realize is the runner has something in mind; the prize. The Apostle Paul writes two letters to Timothy. In them, he is encouraging Timothy to run the race of faith, just as he wrote to the Corinthian believers “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So, run that you may obtain it” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Running without a purpose would be meaningless. But when we run in order to win the prize, that changes things. And so, in Paul’s letters to Timothy, he is encouraging him to run the race as a winner. To keep the faith. Paul is reminding Timothy that running is hard, and suffering is part of it, but we do not just suffer for the sake of suffering, but for the glory of God. And often times for the advancement of the Gospel is why we run.

Therefore, Paul could say confidently, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). For Paul, the race was worth it. It is too for you and me.

Question: Are you running to win the prize?

Challenge: When suffering comes, be quick to look to Christ!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that I am not alone in my suffering. But help me to suffer for what honors you, and to seek to depend on you through it.

Jonathan Agudelo, Chapel Leader -- Toronto Blue Jays


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