THE LAST MAN ON THE TRACK

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THE LAST MAN ON THE TRACK

Athletes who all start up on the track at the same time don’t end at the same time. Some get weak on the way, some fall down, and some others even faint. However, what really matters, is being the last man on the track.

Your precedents matter less, your ability is not important; your charisma is useless if you do not finish the race. You may be the best and winner of previous years but all that will not count if you do not finish the race.

The yardstick for winning the medal in any race is fishing the race. You may start well or even be far ahead of others, yet what is important is when you finish the race.

Christianity is a race; everybody must be on his or her lane. One is not judged by the performance of others. All athletes are expected to maintain their lane and be focused on the medal.

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” -1 Corinthians 9:25

It is useless to run a race in which obtaining a medal is not the focus. It is obvious a lot of people run for different purposes. It is not all who run that will get a medal. Some run for fun, some run to keep up with an appointment, while others run to avoid danger and some others run just to keep fit.

Today, many are Christians for many reasons asides obtaining the everlasting medal/crown. Some are Christians just because they were born into Christian homes; others are Christians just for the fun of it. Some are Christians because of marriage and some because of what they will get from God. Winning the prize is never their primary aim. That is why they can easily be distracted by the mundane things of this world.

Those who run for the eternal prize are temperate in all things.

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” -1 Corinthians 9:25

Starting the race is not as important as finishing it;“But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” -Matt 10:22b

The last man on the track is the winner of the race.

Many are running the race but in other people’s lane. Christians are busy doing what they are not called to do. It does not matter how much you put into other works, it may not yield the crown of glory. We have teachers doing the work of a prophet, Aarons who are doing the work of Moses, Dorcas who are in the office of Priscilla, pastors doing the work of an apostle etc. It does not matter how great your results are, as far as it is done in another person’s lane, it will not attract reward. You will always be rewarded where you are called. Many got admitted in Oxford University but are doing great in Cambridge where they are not enlisted.

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” -1 Timothy 6:12

Finishing is the basic. Standing to the end is the crux of the matter. Prize is only given to the last man on the track.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”- 2 Timothy 4:7-8 KJV

Many have fallen, others have deviated, and some are lost in distraction while some have given up. As for us we shall run until we obtain the eternal medal of glory. Nothing is important to us until we receive the prize. It is either the crown or nothing. It’s a do or die affair.

Don’t lose focus, the crown is ahead

Don’t give up; you are close to the finishing line

Don’t get distracted by the things of this world because they will fade away.

Getting the crown is the ultimate.

It is the last man on the track who wears the crown.

Shalom.

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