WHAT: The racetrack illustration is used to demonstrate what the life of a disciple of Christ looks like or another way of saying it: A person’s life demonstrating belief and faith in Jesus Christ.
HOW: This is a great tool to use as a mirror in our own lives or the lives of those we disciple; it is a reflection of where we may have stopped running the race set before us or mark merely the beginning of our Christian life because we entered the race, but never started to run.
WHY: Many of us prayed to receive SALVATION by the grace given us by Jesus Christ and through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but either missed the reality that there was now a life TO BE LIVED (A race to be run) for Christ. This meant GROWTH in our relationship with Jesus [Daily Reading of the Word & Prayer], and “SURRENDER TO THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST” [Obedience] in every area of life. We are also commanded to be outward focused, investing in OTHERS and our COMMUNITY (Matt 28:18-20). This is a LIFE lived for Christ.
Paul used the metaphor of this race in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 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. 25Everyone 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. 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
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