“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)
This is a harsh reality of life: at the end of the day, not everyone is a winner. Everyone is moving with such momentum and acceleration, and often times, the people you interact with on a daily basis are pursuing the same things as you. Whether it be professional aspirations, personal accolades or spiritual development, we are moving with the idea to be progressing towards a goal…but so is everyone else.
Despite the promises in God’s Word, the prophecies spoken into our lives, and our relentless pursuit of God for answers, we often find ourselves in motion but rarely coming out on top. In this race of life, we are defining ourselves more as mere participants and less as winners. I believe that the disconnect lies in us having good INTENT but not being INTENTIONAL.
For us to be true winners in life, we need to stop thinking about it…we need to start acting like it! Furthermore, there needs to exist a sense of tenacity towards being a winner in life! The word “obtain” in 1 Corinthians 9:24 comes from the Greek word katalambano, which means to take eagerly. Being a winner and victorious in life is yours for the taking, but you must not only want it but passionately & purposely pursue after it! Declare this with me:
I WILL be a WINNER in my family.
I WILL be a WINNER in my relationships.
I WILL be a WINNER in my job.
I WILL be a WINNER in my finances.
I WILL be a WINNER in my ministry.
I WILL be a WINNER in the emotional health.
I WILL be a WINNER in the spiritual battles of life.
I WILL be a WINNER in everything I put my mind to today.
Now, if you truly believe those declarations…what are you going to do differently from yesterday so you can be a true WINNER today? You are not only destined for greatness…you are destined to WIN.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you impart into us the strength to put action behind our intent to win in life. Your Word declares us to victorious and more than conquerors, and we receive that not only in thought, but also in our every day steps. Guide us in our journey of being intentional, so through our nature of being winners, our life’s testimony may bring more glory to Your name. In the name of Jesus, Amen!