Do you know the tough mudder race? Perhaps some of you have even done it or know someone who has. It’s a running endurance event. But it’s not just running. Along the way are some big obstacles –like the Kiss of Mud and Everest – which you have to get over to finish.
The goal of tough mudder racing is to finish, not necessarily to win. The race requires camaraderie – that is, no one can complete it alone, you need help to finish and to help those around you to get to the end.
It’s a nice idea, isn’t it? A race yes, but a race that is more about competing and finishing well than it is about winning a gold medal. A race where you are doing your best, but you are also looking out for each other along the way.
Life in Jesus’ family is a bit like that tough mudder race. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize!
We often focus on the winner. But tough mudder and the Christian life have something in common – in both it is more important how you run the race than that you cross the line first. Living life with Jesus is about running faithfully all the way to the end, but it’s not just us. There’s a whole heap of runners who finish together, who help us focus on the goal, who spur each other along on the way.
What does it look like to run to get the prize in this race?
It looks like commitment and discipline. It looks like togetherness, teamwork and encouragement. Sometimes we need to ask for help. Other times we need to be the one who helps. And we need to fix our eyes on the goal, on Jesus himself, to help us never give up.
In this race called life, God wants us all to get the prize Jesus has won for us. And he is there to help us every step of the way. So, with his help keep running and keep spurring on your brothers and sisters in the Lord looking forward to the day when all Jesus’ runners run across the line, a little worn, perhaps a little muddy, but together.