Running to Win
Dr. John MacArthur said,
Why run a race at all, unless you’re running to win? No true competitor wants to finish second. These days we have lots of “fun runs” and marathons that attract thousands of amateur runners whose only goal is to finish the race. The prize they are seeking to attain is the satisfaction of completing the race (sometimes whether they finish well or not). There’s nothing wrong with that in a race for pure recreation. But in a real athletic competition, the goal is to win. And Paul portrayed all of life and ministry as a real competition, not a fun run. He took the contest seriously, and he lived accordingly.
When it comes to your ministry, are you just in it for a fun-run or are you running to win? I have often reminded our staff that ministry is not just something we do at Parkway Baptist Temple; it is something that has been laid upon us. Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 9:16 "... for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" Ministry for Paul was a calling of God that he could not get away from. Many other prophets felt the same way. Jeremiah got so frustrated with the ministry that he said in Jeremiah 20:9 "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name." However, read the second half of the verse "But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
There was a burning and driving passion on the inside of these men mentioned above. What was it? The call of God on their lives! They were not just in a fun-run—they were running to win! Are you in a fun-run? Do you do what you do to be seen, applauded, for a a title, or even for a pay-check? If so, it's time to reexamine your life. Don't be a hindrance be a HELP! Be sure that you are on board with the calling of God on your life. Don't get sidetracked with all the work involved in ministering to the people in your church and the community at large. There is nothing more rewarding than to know that you are filling the call of God on your life by serving in the ministry of the Lord. So where are you in your ministry? A fun-run or running to win? Remember, that earthly accolades are fleeting and transitory. What lasts forever is what we do for God—birthed out of a pure and passionate motive to serve Him.
Missional Until He Comes,
Dr. David L. Sampson