Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26
Running a race is something that takes more than just physical running. Those who are often a winner at running, have the ability to have focus.
At the beginning of the race, he has a focus on where the end goal is. As he is running, he is focused on his breathing and on his steps being made. Without a direct and constant focus, the runner will run aimlessly, wasting his time and losing the race.
Paul, in talking about going for a prize, said that he does not run aimlessly or just shadow box the air.
The walk of a believer is one that must have some focus in it. Just claiming to believe in Jesus and repenting of sins will not keep one on the right path with God.
It is sadly common that many believers claim to believe in Jesus, but will daily, purposefully walk in sin. Others have better focus, but allow themselves to stray into sinful practices on a regular basis on purpose.
In the end, the ultimate goal of a believer is to be more and more like Jesus every day, and to be holy as God is holy. God’s standard is one of perfection and He has given the believer everything he needs to attain it.
While running this race in this fallen world, this takes razor sharp focus. All around the believer there is sin ready to trap and destroy him. Yet, when focused, in front of him is the goal of being like Jesus and God’s holiness.
Staying in God’s word and hiding it in the heart, and continual praying will allow one to be led by His Holy Spirit so that he can run with focus in this life with a focus on God’s path for him.
You are in the race for your life. God has already given you everything you need to run that race. He is also giving you the strength and focus you need to finish it well.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the temporary things and sin of this fallen world. Focus all of your mind, strength and attention upon God and His goal for your life.
Keep running with focus to win the prize of life with God for eternity in heaven.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for your life; that you will be focused on what God has for you; that you will be more like Jesus every day; and that God will give you the strength to keep running the race He has you on.