Friday, May 14, 2010

An Amazing Race

Written by my good friend Jason!

An Amazing Race

This past Sunday was the finale for the Amazing Race.  Teams of two raced around the world, completing tasks with the risk of being eliminated should they be the last team to arrive at the end of each leg of the race.  This season we favored the cowboys from Oklahoma.  Brothers, Jet and Cord were just a couple of good ol' boys travelling around the world on this elaborate scavenger hunt.  While other teams had melt downs, threw fits and surrendered to hopelessness, Jet and Cord worked together, even in the midst of possible elimination and made it to the final three. 

Disappointment filled our hearts when two other brothers walked home with the million dollars.  The very guys that would lose their cool when things got rough or take it out on a cab driver calling him an idiot in the midst of their frustration, these were the champions.  These guys won the prize.  That's not how it was supposed to end!

In the last interviews Jet and Cord again showed nothing but respect.  Not reflecting on what was not theirs but on what they did gain from this experience.  Two brothers, no million dollars, but still seemed to have incredible joy in their hearts.  No complaints, no regrets and insight on a much greater prize.

My mind turned to 1 Corinthians 9:

"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."

So I ask myself, what is the race?  The human race?  The rat race?  The race of our lives, the purpose of life? Why do we live every day?  Because we are all in the race.  All the runners are running, but only one receives the prize.  So run to win.  Run so as the one who gets the prize.  What Paul is saying may sound hopeless, if only one wins, why run?  We run because the one that wins is Jesus Christ.  He came as man to run the race amongst us.  On that cross He gave everything for all of man's sin.  The weight of humanity's errant ways plunged him to the depths of hell and Jesus broke free.  He broke through the bondage of the eternal abyss and conquered sin.  When we come to believe this in our hearts and confess this with our mouths, we have won the race for Christ has won it for us. 

Is there more to life than money, power, fame, all the pleasures that come with our mortal lives?  They are just consolation prizes.  Not wrong to possess, but pale in comparison to the prize that's eternal.  We are all running the same race.  We are NOT all running for the same prize.  While in this life it may seem others, who appear less deserving, are receiving the prizes of life's race, I will know that a prize waits in eternity and is available for all who wish to receive it.   - jason