‘Run to Win’

I Corinthians 9:24

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”

Looks like those cynics were right after all. These participation trophies that we as a culture dutifully give out to everyone are not biblical. 

Not only that, but there is no silver medal for second place and no bronze medal for third.  These are man made creations. There is only one prize and that prize goes to the winner. 

A parent’s encouragement to a child to just ‘do your best’ seems solid but it doesn’t fit at all with this particular Scripture in I Corinthians. 

So yes to participating. Yes to doing your very best. But there will be no prize for either. The only prize goes to the runner who finishes first. 

Paul states all this to raise the bar for the Christ follower. If I am going to run, then I must run to win. Of course this is not about athletics, but more about me ‘breaking away from the pack’ and setting my sights on winning for Christ. 


How has the participation trophy culture impacted you? 

One comment

  1. As a 30-year Navy officer, I saw how now everyone gets a medal after their tour of duty, myself included, whether it involved combat or not, instead of how it used to be in the “good old days” when they were all earned. The medal you get is determined by your rank, and you really have to screw up to not get one. And it’s a big administrative burden for those who have to submit the citation and gain its approval. The value of medals has been cheapened.to where they are expected. So disappointing.

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