HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.” —1 Corinthians 9:26
In track and field competitions, each runner is assigned a lane on the track. Each is expected to stay in his assigned lane. In the same way, as you and I run the race of life, our competition is not with other believers. Rather, our competition is with our enemies, who are the world, the flesh, and the devil. The goal is not to outrun someone else. The goal is to outrun those wicked influences that could bring us down.
You might justify your slow pace by pointing to other people still running behind you. True. But there are probably some people ahead of you too. You are not to concern yourself with who is behind you or who is ahead of you. You are to run the race before you. God has not called you to run someone else’s race. We are each called to run our own race and that means minding your own business while in the race.
An incident from the life of Peter illustrates this truth. After Peter had been restored to the Lord following His denial, Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Then the Lord proceeded to tell Peter how his life would end. As they were talking, Peter noticed another disciple, John, was walking behind them. Peter asked, “What about him, Lord?” (John 21:21).
That is the problem with us in this Christian race. We are always concerned about what the other person says and what they think of us in the same race. How you dressed and how come he has that title. It is time to mind your own business and study to show yourself unto God rightly dividing the word of truth.
Our behaviour if not according to the word of God is a hindrance for us entering the promised land. I do believe that some in the race are only in the race for a show and number, but you are fulfilling the Holy Scriptures. You see many are called and only a few are chosen. I pray that all of us are chosen and none will be left behind.