14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Striving for a Crown
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one
receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25And
everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do
it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up for me the
crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me
on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His
The Race of Faith
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the
joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.