Desiring to Win
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul had a drive to win. He said, “I forget the things that are behind; I am straining; I am like a runner; I am pressing because I intend to win.” When you are focused on one thing, you have a drive to win in life. You refuse to come to the end of your life as a failure. At the end of your life, you want to be able to say, I fought the good fight. I finished my course. I kept the faith. Now there awaits for me in heaven a crown of righteousness. I win! Every man and woman who is focused on knowing Christ and making Him known is driven by an insatiable desire to win in life. I’ve seen people lose basketball games and get depressed. How much more should we be concerned that we win this Christian race! How much more should we be driven by a desire to win in life! We must not be like the man in Luke 12:16-21:
Then he spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘what shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops? So he said, I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease: eat, drink, and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.”
God called him a fool, for he had spent all his life acquiring only material things, pursuing only material dreams, and setting only earthly goals. Nothing that he had done had eternal value. God looked at him and said, “fool!”
May none of you hear Jesus say, “Fool! You had such an opportunity, but you wouldn’t open your eyes; you refused to open your ears; you refused to open you heart; you refused to hear My voice. When the Word of God was spoken, you hardened your heart. I intended for you to be a winner. I intended for you to come at the end of your life as more than a conqueror. I intended for you to be crowned with glory, but you spent 70 years chasing empty dreams, meaningless things.”
Today, if you hear God saying “do one thing- live to know My Son and make him known,” don’t harden your heart. Open your heart, and say, Yes, God!