Shouldn't we keep our pace just so we can see the Lord's face? To hear His voice? To hear Him sing over us, not just know that He does, but hear Him? Maybe His embrace should be our prize? To hear Him say, "Well, done" . Just knowing that we are eternally safe........That is a benefit!
Why run as if to gain something more? Haven't we gained already? Having Him in our lives.....isn't that the greatest joy? Genesis 15:1 the Lord says to Abraham: "I am your portion your very great reward." (NKJV)
Way back in my day there was a popular song by Andre' Crouch called, "If Heaven Wasn't Promised To Me". The words of that song are still with me.......well, some of them.....
"If heaven wasn't promised to me, neither life's promise to live eternally, Its' been worth just having the Lord in my life, walking in the darkness, He brought me the light........"
It has been worth it. I run because I know that He is with me. I run because of all the reasons I listed before. I run because I can't imagine life without Him.
And, like James and Paul, I do run for the prize.........for the crown! I run for it so that I will have something to lay at His feet!
His grace will help me win the crown. His faithfulness will carry me when I am having leg cramps or cannot breathe. His joy will empower me until I get a second wind. He will help me make it.........until I reach the finish line.........and then He will give me the prize.
And I............... I will lay it at His feet.........
Until He Shouts!