Those who watched the Olympics will agree with me in this. That Bolt ran for 9 seconds and won a gold medal. Kiprotich Stephen of Uganda ran for over 2 hours and won a gold medal. Where is the disparity. After all, both won a race.
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So sun, that ye may obtain."~ 1 Cor. 9:24
Most folks fear competitive races, particularly when the prize is not worth much. Here, a race is set, and on; one in which the prize is sure since the sponsor is the creator and owner of all things. Heaven's resources are limitless, and they are all at our command. The whistle is blown. Why then can't we get onto the tracks and go!
This is not a physical race. Even the lame compete fairly. All one needs to ask themselves is, "Am I a soldier of the cross?" God calls upon us all to enter a race in which everyone may win. He calls upon us to enlist in a warfare in which everyone may be a concqueror. A road of righteousness and a crown of everlasting life is the reward. There is neither gold nor silver, nor bronze.
Christ expects his soldiers to be brave and loyal and true. They must, of necessity, place their entire confidence and dependence on God. He will do great things for and through them.
One thing I've learnt is that in God's track, the athlete in lane six runs an equal distance with the one in lane one. The hypotenuse= width + height. The displacement is the same. But how? The starting point is the same- repent and be converted (Acts 2:38). And the ending? Eternal life- the one for Adam is just as eternal as the one you and I will receive if we stick in the race. All one needs is the heart, determination and endurance of a marathoner. Victory is sure! Rouseveldt once said of determination "when you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."