“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?”
(1 Corinthians 9:24)
I’m thanking God for all his blessings to us! The Psalmist declared, “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Ps 118:23) The song writer said it this way, “If it had not been for the Lord on my side… where would I be?” And that certainly expresses my sentiments because I owe God everything! We thank God for the move of the Spirit and I’m excited to know that God has declared that this is… “The Year of Performance!”
For many in high school and college, this is the beginning of the season where athletes compete to show their speed, agility, and demonstrate their prowess in track & field. Many hours of exercising and training have paid off. But in addition to their physical skill, each track & field participant must also possess the mental keenness and concentrate on their objective. You see, they must stay focused at all times; especially those that are running in a race.
As each runner takes his position in the block, they must put their full attentiveness and concentration on when to go! They listen for the start of the gun. They cannot be distracted by outside factors! I made reference in last Sunday’s message, Block it Out, to the movie “Race” on the life of track & field star Jessie Owens. When in competition he had to ‘block out’ the verbal abuse from the crowds. One second of distraction could cost him the race. The Apostle Paul made it very clear in his writings, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?” He goes on to say, “…So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:4)
That’s why you must “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!” God has given you insight into your destiny. He has spoken into your spirit and we obtained new realms of fellowship with Him & each other. The focus on your individual ministries must remain strong! The enemy is going to do his best to distract you from your goal and vision. But I encourage you to stay focused! Don’t let outside factors take your concentration from your spiritual goals & objective. Run the race to win!
Be determined to obtain the prize. What prize you ask? Paul also declared, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 3:14) There is a calling on your life… go after it! “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!” My prayers are with you and I’m so humbled to serve as your shepherd. This is… “The Year of Performance!” Be blessed!
Pastor A. Glenn Brady