To follow Jesus Christ is a walk, a journey, a race, and we have to walk, journey, race, in such a way as to reach our destination, to enter into the kingdom of heaven. We have to compete in the race in such a way as to win the prize, which is eternal life.
The Apostle Paul wrote about this race in 1 Corinthians chapter 9: 24 “Do you not know that those who run in a race, all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore i run in such a way as not without aim; I box in such a way as not beating in the air, but I discipline my body and I make it my slave, so that, after i have preached to others, i myself will not be disqualified.”
To follow Jesus Christ with the expectation of winning the prize of eternal life in the end, means that we have to enroll for that race, and we have to compete; we have to run that race in accordance with the rules. We have to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have to live according to the words of Jesus Christ, and we need to be led by the Holy Spirit. We have to follow His guidance every step of the way, to find the way to enter into His kingdom. Most professing Christians have not ever entered that race. They do not know about the race, they have not heard about it. Most of them just believe that they are saved. They believe they have finished the race and they are waiting for the prize, while they have never competed. They do not understand that we have to, like Apostle Paul said, run the race with endurance until the end. We have to follow Jesus Christ until the end. Jesus said those who endure until the end will be saved.
Most professing Christians do not follow Jesus; they follow church, they are sitting in church and celebrating the victory, and they have never competed in the race. They have never walked the walk, they have never gone on their journey with Jesus Christ, they are not running the race with endurance. They do not know Jesus Christ, they never received the Holy Spirit, and they do not follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They have a church, and a pastor, and they have Bibles, and they are deluded; they believe that they have salvation but they’ve never entered the race.
You enter the race by becoming born again of the Spirit of God; and to be born again, you need to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. You must repent, be baptized in water, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. You have to go after Jesus every day and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You have to walk with Him, not with the Bible, not with the church, not with a pastor, not with other believers; they cannot help you. The only one who can guide you is Jesus Christ Himself, His Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Most believers do not have the Holy Spirit. They have an illusion of salvation, and they will be sorely disappointed when Jesus says to them: “Go away I never knew you.” They never enrolled for the race, they never qualified, they were never born again, they never started walking the walk, they never started following Jesus Christ.
Dear friend, are you in the rice? Are you following Jesus Christ every day” Or are you sitting in church? Do you have false security of salvation, while you never entered the race, you never started following Jesus Christ? Wake up, dear friend, seek Jesus now. Enter the race, comply with His requirements. Obey Him, be baptized in water be filled with the Holy Spirit, and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit everyday, or else you will not enter the kingdom of heaven, you will not win the prize. The prize is for overcomers, for those who follow Jesus Christ and endure with Him until the very end.
Are you in the race?
May Jesus bless you.