From Couch to Crown
Running in my new Nikes was like running on air. And I’d just signed up for a half-marathon.
Aiming for the golden 13.1 miles, I added mile after mile to my training routine. I was making progress. I was motivated.
Until I realised I’d double-booked. So I had to pull out the race.
All of a sudden my motivation was lost. Not even my new Nikes or Map My Run notifications could get me off the sofa. The miles seemed longer. The fresh air, less appealing than the TV.
When there was no goal, running felt aimless. No matter how healthy it was for me.
Which is how my Christian life can feel when I lose sight of the heavenly goal. My readiness is replaced by a dozy, bumbling along.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly. (1 Corinthians 9:25-26)
Gold medals are impressive. But they don’t last forever. When Jess Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah die, they will leave them behind.
And yet, these prizes were worth going into “strict training" for.
How much more should we press on given that our heavenly prize in Jesus is eternal?
This is worth ‘throw[ing] off every hindrance and sin… and run[ning] with perseverance the race marked out for us’ (Hebrews 12:1).
The eternal crown of glory that is ours in Jesus is our motivation and our joy. Is that at the forefront of your mind today?
If it isn’t, we can only wander aimlessly.
If it is, we’ll want to get our spiritual Nikes back on, put off the distractions and small aspirations of this life, and run toward the prize – the “crown that will last forever.”