We are asked to run this race — our new life in Christ — well until the end. We do not do it for physical, temporary rewards. Our prize is a crown that lasts forever.
But unlike the Olympic games, there are two major differences.
Firstly, everyone qualifies.
The invitation to this new life in Jesus is open to everyone, especially to you, children.
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
And secondly, our victory is already won.
We are not in this Christian life to win our salvation. We are already winners because of Jesus.
He was the one who was qualified to take our place on the cross. He was sinless and perfect, hence He could give His perfect life in exchange for our sin and death.
He was the one who emerged victorious — He defeated sin, death, sickness, and the devil.
Jesus is the greatest champion of all.
And because He is victorious, we can ALL share in His victory. We don’t fight FOR victory. We fight FROM victory.
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This victory means we don’t have to be afraid of the devil or death anymore. We can hold our heads up high as God’s champions. This victory means that no matter what problems and challenges we face, Jesus is the One who is fighting for us. We don’t have to be anxious or upset or jealous and angry. We can rest in Him and know that God is fighting for us. He will work everything out for good, no matter what the circumstances. Thank you Jesus!