We are the champions – Yes, we won! Well eventually, after falling short a few times in the Rugby world cup, now after 24 years the New Zealand All Blacks hold the title – “World Champions”.
For those of us who followed the progress of our team through the pool phase, the ¼ finals, the semi finals and then the triumphant final, we breathe a deep sigh of relief. It was a closely contested game and we only just won!
As I consider that final game it can be compared to the Christian life. That game was hard, the players had to be disciplined, motivated, focused, committed, and work as a team. They had to give all they had and play hard to the end.
In many ways the Christian life is the same. It calls for discipline, it calls for us to run according to God’s rules, to be focused on Christ, and be faithful to the end. There is no consideration of giving up.
The biggest difference is that as Christians we do not participate for a prize that one day will be taken away. Our prize is Christ and he is permanent. Once we are in the race the end is guaranteed and the prize is eternal.
1 Cor 9:24 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