Staying on Course

Your life with God is the race of your life. But as you run, it’s easy to get off course. Be alert to the things that hinder your running. There’s no guarantee you’ll run well. So, fix your eyes on Jesus and run for His approval. Stay on course and live to please God.

Discussion Questions

Before we jump to the spiritual metaphor, let’s consider the running of a literal race. What’s required for a runner to run and win a race?

Take a moment to ponder the primary race-running passage in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. What are the keywords in this passage? What is the prize Paul talks about in these verses? For similar ideas, compare 2 Timothy 2:5 and Philippians 3:13-14.

Paul acknowledged that even he could become “disqualified.” The word means “disapproved.” Why might a Christian be disapproved by God (1 Corinthians 9:27, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 John 2:28)?

Read Galatians 5:7. Consider the hinderances in your race with God. How can deception, disobedience, and discouragement hinder you as you run toward the prize?

Read 1 Timothy 4:8. What spiritual exercises help you experience victory in this life and the next? In what way can your temporal spiritual disciplines or habits affect your life in eternity later?

How is the believer’s concern about experiencing God’s disapproval different from a fear of hell (a fear no Christian ever has to experience)?

Further Reading

Crossing the Finish Line

If our life with God is described as a race, it’s natural to assume we’ll one day cross the finish line. Life begins when you believe in Jesus as your Savior. Although heaven is then guaranteed, it really does matter how you live. Living for God means you’re pleasing...

The Race of Your Life

You may not consider yourself a runner but you’re in a race. The race of your life. What would it look like for you to win this race? Running the race begins with finding the starting line. Life starts with Jesus. Then, life is run with Jesus. What might you need to...

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