Are You Winning the Wrong Race?

There are many good races, but only one matters most

It doesn’t matter if you win a race if it is the wrong race. We cannot declare ourselves winners of a marathon for winning a boat race.

It’s winning. It’s just winning at the wrong thing.

Which is a form of losing.

Most of us think we simply fail to reach our goals. Often, it is because they were never our goals to begin with. Our real goals were the things we spent the year pursuing. Perhaps it was our excellence at the boat race that kept us from winning the marathon we said we wanted to win.

When it comes to spirituality, there is but one race—devotion to God above all. Many other races call for our attention. They are a distraction from training and excellence at the “one thing,” we are called to.

But I want to preach great sermons…

But I want to travel the world…

But I want financial security…

But I want to raise great kids…

But I want an awesome marriage…

But I want to stamp out injustice in the world…

These are worthwhile but counterfeit races—that keep us coming back to the “Jesus first” goal each year because we didn’t meet it the last year.

Christianity isn’t about life-balance. It’s about devotion—and it is that devotion which gives life rhythm and abundance. That is the race we’ve been called to run. Let’s run that race with all our devotion provided by God’s Spirit…and watch as God provides us the victory in others.

Don’t win the wrong races. Win the only race you’re called to run…and run it to win! (1 Cor. 9:24)

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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