The Triple Crown
Recently the American owned horse, American Pharaoh, won the Triple Crown in horse racing. The Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont: three races of prestige and now the horse will retire. Thirty-seven years had passed with American horses coming up short on winning all three races.
By the middle of this week, it all is forgotten; well, nearly all. Horse loving fans are still quietly celebrating as they brush down their own special horses in their own stables. After all, the crowns here on earth are corruptible. Trophies collect dust. It is the way of man.
Paul said, the race is won for something corruptible. Indeed, it was a mere wreath of vines in Paul’s day. It quickly withered. Yet those races were important in the first days of Olympiad. In order to win special care was taken to prepare: weightlifting, diet, endurance training, and all for a wreath of flowers and a few weeks of recognition.
I run a race daily. Not a literal race in which I must be the fastest; but nonetheless, a race. It takes temperance to maintain a testimony for Jesus. Sometimes endurance in prayer pays the big rewards when we see answered prayers on the behalf of others, or even ourselves. Training takes place daily as we absorb the Word of God into our life practices.
Our crowns, presented at the Judgment Seat of Christ will not perish; no, it is an incorruptible crown. “And every man that striveth for the master is temperate in all things. Now, they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.” I Corinthians 9:25 My son is a runner. He runs, usually for a cause of some sort but he also runs for his health. Someday he wants to run at least a half marathon just to say he did it!
The race of life takes time for daily preparation. Are you prepared today? Run, reader, run because the cause of Christ is worth it. Envision Jesus as you run, and in His presence you will find an incorruptible prize.