The Corinthians were no strangers to the concept of racing. They would not so much as touch anything that would inhibit their physical power. During the race, no man was left out of harms way; anyone could fall prey to the snare of injury or death. Runners pushed themselves beyond limits to have a chance at the champion title. The one that succeeded received a laurel crown and a palm branch to signify victory over the opponents. The winner was placed in high esteem by all peoples in the town and surrounding lands. No amount of pain and suffering could weigh down the athletes vying for the honors awarded.
If Christ were to come today, could you say you have been training intensely for the marathon to Heaven? Have you kept out all distractions or possible stumbling blocks from your path? Will He be able to place the victors crown upon your head?
"I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
'Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.'"
"I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till rest I've found,
'Lord, lead me onto higher ground.'"
God wants you to win so He can place the victors crown upon your head, but you have to train every day for the race ahead.
" For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." ~1 Timothy 4:8