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Bang! The 100-meter race is over Bolt wins again. The defeat was unfamiliar to Bolt. In the scene above, Usain Bolt of Jamaica humbly congratulates and officially crowns, the new running champion Justin Gatlin of the United States. If you are unfamiliar with running, allow me to catch you up on the significance of what Gatlin accomplished. Usain Bolt has been the unbeaten champion of the world in the 100-meter running event for nine consecutive years. Bolt was the fastest human being to date, effortlessly breaking his record year after year. Bolt ran the race to win, which became the expectation. Furthermore, Bolt not only lost to Gatlin but finished third behind Christian Colman ending his running strike of dominance.
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. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
The first Corinthians passage states the importance of running well. Bolt ran 100-meter race well and was rewarded. Running well takes planning and discipline. Life is the race and running to win, is living as Christ did while on earth. We in the passage refers to Christians. The goal of life should be to receive the spiritual reward, heaven, the imperishable. The perishable wreath is materialism, the temporary, man’s wisdom. We must choose the spiritual reward over the physical reward. We need to be people who choose God’s ways found in scripture over worldly practices ultimately leading to defeat.