God’s elect run to attain the price of calling- the eternal life. Many a time, we become oblivious to the purpose of our race. We feel we have attained our goal, we forget the purpose of God’s calling in our lives. Truth is that we are still running to attain it; we are just nominated for this race. Paul, an apostle of Christ, himself says that he had not “already attained [it]” nor was he “already perfected” (Philippians 3:12). He still pressed on to win the prize for which he was called, even after his salvation.
An athlete on the race track does not turn back to glance at things behind him. His eyes are always fixed ahead of him with the finish line and the reward in mind. Similarly, God requires us to “[forget] those things which are behind and [reach] forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13).
Therefore, we need to run as though we are running to take hold of a prize. We need to run without doubting our call and fight “not as one who beats the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26), rather we fight our battles with a purpose. That, after we have won the fight, we shall be rewarded that which is imperishable. With such vision, we should subject and discipline our body, soul, and spirit so that we do not become unworthy (1 Corinthians 9:27).
Also, we should not confide in our ability to finish this race. Rather, we confide in God who is “able to keep [us] from stumbling and to present [us] faultless before the presence of His glory” (Jude 1:24). To God who is faithful, be all honor and praise. Amen.