“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.” — 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)
William Stidger, an American minister, told the story of how St. Anthony prayed and read his Bible for several hours every day and in time became a good man. One day, the Lord told him there was one man better than St. Anthony. It was Conrad, the shoemaker from Jerusalem. Anthony went to visit the cobbler and learned the secret of his goodness. Conrad argued as to his goodness but said: “If you wish to know what I do, I would not mind telling you. I fix shoes and I mend every pair as if I am mending them for Jesus.”
Apostle Paul encourages us that if we run our race whatever our career is, we need to run like a champion to get the prize. Our best should not be motivated by man or things of this world but by excellence in God. We need to keep going to finish the race of life for Jesus’ name. For faithful finishers, one thing is for sure — there is a prize waiting for them.
Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain;” Our motivation to successful living depends on our foundation.
God bless you,
Ptr. Obeth Mendoza