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There always seems to be some sporting event taking place somewhere in the world. 'The World Cup', 'Wimbledon', 'The Olympics', are just a few examples - contestants spend a long time preparing themselves for these events, they all have one aim, to win, and to receive the prize.

In the Bible, we find the Apostle Paul comparing his service to God with a sporting event, he said "I run straight towards the goal in order to win the prize". The apostle always put God first, he made the most of every opportunity to preach to others and at the end of his life he said " . . . I have finished my course, I have kept the faith". So what was this prize which the apostle spoke about?

Athletes in a race hope to win a prize, but this is a corruptible prize, it will not last for ever. The apostle says we should strive for an incorruptible prize. God has promised everlasting life to those who complete the course that He has marked out for them. The prize will be awarded to all those, like the Apostle Paul, who complete the course - and it will be presented by the judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, when he returns to the earth.

The Apostle Paul died in the sure hope of resurrection when his Lord returns and he said "there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing".