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Running in the Bible - a Christian perspective
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians he writes about how we're all running a race. We are running to receive a crown of life that is worth far more than an earthy crown. He says he does not train aimlessly, but rather does everything to master his body.


"Running the race" in the Bible: Galatians 5:7
Paul likens our spiritual walk with the metaphor of running a race. In Galatins chapter 5 he asks the Galatians why they stopped obeying the truth, "who cut in on you?" he pleads.


Running the race in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
When an athlete decides to run a marathon, he or she commits to serious training. Why would it be any different with our spiritual life? This passage challenges Christians to understand the Christian life as a race: a long-term commitment that is more successful when we "train" ourselves daily with Bible study, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines.