My favorite TV show started again this weekend. It’s a reality show called “The Amazing Race”, and for those who haven’t watched it, it’s incredible! Teams of two race around the world completing challenges and trying to stave off elimination that comes from being the last to arrive at the checkpoint. The goal is to be the last team standing after about a month worth of travel. The winning team receives one-million-dollars and the fame and notoriety of conquering the competition!
I love this show because I get to live vicariously through the competitors, seeing places I’d love to visit, doing things I’d love to try. And I often wonder how I’d fare in such a show.
As I thought about the Amazing Race, I got to thinking that we at KGF are really in our own kind of amazing race! In a sense, we are running a race each and every day. Only the prize is not one-million dollars. The prize is not fame. The prize is so much deeper. The prize is eternal.
The prize is changed lives. The prize is restored marriages. The prize is children coming to know Jesus. The prize is the darkness pushed back. The prize is the light shining bright in this community. The prize is our lives counting for eternity.
I don’t know about you, but this is one race I want to run! I want to give my life to this.
The scripture writers seems to like this metaphor of “a race”. Look at the following verses:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
1 Corinthians 9:24-26
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
Let us give ourselves completely to the gift of this day, and the gift of KGF. What an incredible season of life we get to be in! Thank you God for inviting us into the race that lasts for eternity!