YOUNG ADULT

A CHRISTIAN IN A COMPETITIVE WORLD

To get away from a bear, we don’t have to be the fastest runner in the world; we just have to be faster than the guy behind us. This is taken as truth by many. They say we should be one step

ahead; recognize our strengths, know our opponents weaknesses and use that to

our advantage. Why? Because it’s a competitive world. Win or be beaten. We find

ourselves competing for the boss’ attention, that pay raise, our parents’

approval, or even winning someone’s heart. Whether we realize it or not, we always seem to be engaged

in a contest.



To get away from a bear, we don’t have to be the fastest runner in the world; we just have to be faster than the guy behind us. This is taken as truth by many.

Rikka

It is probably less

so on a Sabbath morning when things are relaxed and restful, but when Monday

morning arrives, it’s survival of the fittest. We get out of bed, dress for

battle, and fight because only the strong survive. The question is, can we live

like Christians in a competative world? The simple answer to this question is

“Yes.” How then can we be both

Christian and competitive in business, school or society? What in fact makes a “Christian businessman”, “Christian

classmate”, or a “Christian athlete?”



“Do you not know

that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a

way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict

training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a

crown that will last forever” (1 Cor. 9:24-25, NIV).



Fixating our eyes

solely on an earthly prize or on winning for now, will mean that we will do

anything to achieve it. It is not necessarily wrong to 'win' or be 'a winner'

as long as we always make certain that our heart and our desires are in line

with God’s will. There is only one path to this though—a personal relationship

with Christ. By putting everything into our running to receive an eternal

prize, we are able to live and compete as Christians. So if using our talents

and gifts to the best of our abilities is what determines if we can compete or

not, then what is it that makes a competitor “Christian?”



“Finally, brothers

and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever

is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent

or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or

received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of

peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:8-9).



We have reached moral soundness when we don’t compromise our beliefs in anything we wish to gain; when we are able to retain the ‘wholeness’ of who we are no matter what we are going through."

Being skilled is

only the beginning quality for a Christian competitor. A true Christian competitor aims to be

like Jesus Christ. The verse in Philippians   tells us to put into practice whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely,

admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. In other words, we should live a life of integrity. As followers of

God, we need to wholly commit to what we believe in—to “walk the talk.”



We have reached

moral soundness when we don’t compromise our beliefs in anything we wish to

gain; when we are able to retain the ‘wholeness’ of who we are no matter what

we are going through. It’s when we can look at ourself in the mirror and say

that we are proud of what we have done, how we have done it and what we have

become – no matter what others may

think. It’s when we can have an audience with God, and truly know that we have

‘let His will be done’. Who better to look up to than the man who had a mission

and never strayed away from it? Jesus Christ is our example.



Maybe our colleague

got the promotion, and our friend plays the piano better. Don’t fret. We should

put heart and soul into what we are doing and always priortize our Saviour. It

may be difficult to put God first

when we’re surrounded by others whose values and beliefs are different

from ours, but, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these

things will be given to you as well (Matt. 6:33).



Now run! Run in a way as to get the prize that

will last forever.

Rikka is an 18-year old

writer and pianist who lives in New Zealand. She is the eldest of her siblings

and enjoys spending her time reading, blogging and composing music. She

currently awaits a position in the medical field as she looks forward to

changing the world

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