Editorial. 5.9.2016. Running the race

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The Olympics are over and on the 7th September, the Rio Paralympics will begin. These gifted and determined competitors have overcome challenges in their lives and with vigorous training have achieved the honour of competing in these games. They are an inspiration to us all.

Have you ever read the letter the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians where he likens our life to running a race? You can read it in 1 Corinthians 9, verses 24-27.

1Corinthians 9:25 says, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. “

Have you thought about the end of your life? What does the future hold after your last breath?

We believe that when we die, our next conscious moment will be when Christ has returned and we are raised from the dead ( See for example  1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 24: 30-31).

Paul said to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT)

Do you eagerly look forward to His appearing?