The apostle Paul used running a race as a picture of the Christian life. In 1 Corinthians 9:24, he challenged us not just to run but to run to win. It says, "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it".
Not only did Paul teach this but he lived it out. In his final epistle, he said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7). Having finished his race, Paul joyfully anticipated receiving the victory crown from the King of Heaven. Like Paul, run your earthly race to win and to please Your King. The Christian's race is not a sprint - it's a marathon.
As we run this race, as our best effort we bring, we are spurred on by the fact that we must win for the King. The prize that we will receive will be more than gold. It will be eternal. Run your race well!