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Winning Matters – It’s not just about having fun!

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 by Jason Wermuth

Landon Donovan scores winning goal

Have you ever heard a parent tell their child something like this: “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, what matters is that you have fun?” That might work in little league baseball or bantam hockey, but in the race of the Christian life, winning actually does matter.

At this point you might be thinking to yourself, “Christianity isn’t a competition!” And yea, you are right in one sense … but perhaps wrong in another, or so the Apostle Paul might conclude. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul admonishes the church saying “I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win” (1 Cor 9:23-24). Paul here uses the metaphor of a runner to describe the Christian life. More than that he compares the Christian life to a racer. Some might shudder at the thought that a Christian is supposed to compete like an athlete, but Paul does not. For Paul, the Christian life is a battle and the sinful nature and spiritual principalities of darkness are our competitors. So are Christian’s really like competitive athletes?

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