PREPARE YOURSELF FORTHE RACE; as a believer, we must have a champion mindset to compete the Christian life. The race that all Christians need to prepare themselves for is the calling of God. What does it take to be a champion in a given sport? For one, it is necessary to have a dedication to succeed no matter what the cost. A passion for the game is certainly
essential, as is a single-minded determination to accomplish the task. A willingness to train incessantly is required. In addition, a burning desire for the trophy or prize awarded to the one who wins is an absolute must.
In (1 Corinthians 9:26, Paul illustrates the “champion” mindset required to faithfully complete the Christian life with this statement, “I run thus; not with uncertainty” and “Thus I fight; not as one who beats the air.” We understand from studying this verse that Paul was not an aimless competitor. He had a clearly defined goal. Like an athlete preparing for a race or a boxing match, Paul knew that he had to discipline his body; he had to force himself to maintain the strenuous, consistent practice needed for success.
The race that Paul prepared himself for, the race that all Christians need to prepare themselves for was the calling of God. Paul taught that Christians are rewarded for the calling that God gives them.