In the Amplified translation, it is a bit different:
“Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.”
Are we living out our life, holding to His truth, and offering that same truth to others? Or, do we allow other things to get in the way? Even in hard times when we think a different approach to something could be made, we need to hold even tighter to the Word of God, His Grace, and what all of the Bible has to teach us. The more time we spend in prayer and studying the Word- the more we can share His love and Truth with those around us.
Resolve to hold to His truth. It isn’t about what we think is right. It has to be about God’s Word. It has to be about sharing God’s Word with others. We need to investigate what the Bible has to teach us, so we can know God’s stand on the stuff we face. God has the answer!
Here are just a few important truths that I know I need to focus more on.
- Leaving my understanding to the side.
- Putting arguments aside
- Keep God’s Word at the center.
To me, these are things that truly matter. So often, it can be easy to throw our opinions out at people. Often, without any consideration of how they may feel about it. It needs to be about more: We need to place God’s Word above our understanding and opinions.
The second part of this Scripture is equally important as the first. Why, do these things? Why, try to limit sharing my opinion? Why, put His Word first? Why, keep the arguments aside? Simply put, it is for the glory of God!
We run now and give God our best in every area, because He is worthy! At the end of my life, I want to be able to have something to show for it. I want to make my life to count. God has given me so much. I want to make sure that I am not foolishly wasting it (my time, gifts, sphere of influence, etc). I want to make sure that I am wise in my decision-making, and running the race that God has set me on. Are we running with no purpose? We must run with purpose, running to give God the glory and honor as we seek to live an obedient life. In our God-given assignments, let it be for Him.
As we seek wisdom and discerning our best yes, let us remember this truth:
“… So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Phil. 1:10).”