It’s sad, really.
Just the other day I heard of an athletic competition where a player was intentionally injured by opponents in order to insure a victory.
Also, this week I watched a movie where the same type of thing occurred.
Someone occupying first place in a race tried to actually injure who was in second place.
If they were no longer competing, that would secure a certain win.
But what kind of victory would it have been?
Not one to be proud of, that’s for sure.
In many competitions, the stakes are high.
In the participants’ minds, there is much to lose and much to gain.
Trying their hardest, many times there is only one winner.
A single prize won or lost.
How happy we should be to know that we are not competing for God’s love, His forgiveness or His blessings.
God’s love is not limited to a specific amount.
There is no need to discourage others from accepting His love in order to be assured that there will be love enough for you and me.
We are not competing against each other to earn the coveted prize of salvation.
Jesus purchased that prize for us when He died on the cross in our place.
Like a cross country race, we are all running at our own speed.
It is our privilege to welcome others onto the track to run with us.
And as we run, it is our joy to encourage each other with every step, even pausing to care for the needs of those who may have stumbled and fallen along the way.
But what about the finish line?
It’s in a different place for every participant.
God is in charge of it all.
We don’t have to be faster, better, smarter or richer to gain approval.
Jesus has won the victory over sin and death for us.
If He had not given His life, we would all be lost.
Because He did, those who accept Him as their Savior are gained.
2 Timothy 4:7-8:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
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