|1 Corinthians 9:24-25 |
24 Do you not know that all those who run in a race, run; but only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain the prize.2
25 Now everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. They do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we obtain an incorruptible crown.
2 From the Word of the Lord within: "Imagine a place where everyone runs the race to their utmost ability, but desiring to come in last." When I first heard this several years ago, I did not understand; now I do. I run the race to my best ability, making every effort. Of course, I want to finish my course, to enter union with God in his kingdom; but at the same time, I wish that everyone else would do better than myself. Why? Because I only care about God; his success is what I wish for, and if everyone else has greater success than myself, the body of Christ is even stronger. Then, even more glory is brought to God. I am not denigrating myself when I wish for everyone else to be more successful than myself; I am trying my best to be all that I possibly can for God and myself. My best is all I can do, and if others can do better, then that is great for God, great for the Body of Christ, and great for me, a part of that Body.