Is Competition Out of Bounds for Christians?

Watching the Olympics and viewing all the athletes and their amazing feats spurred on by top-notch competition reminds me of 1 Corinthians 9:24, one of my favorite verses in Scripture:


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. 


The Apostle Paul paints a powerful picture in his first letter to the church in Corinth. He challenges his readers to do more than merely run the race – he exhorts them to run to win.

For Paul, these were more than words. He lived them out. In II Timothy 4:7 he writes,


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


Having finished his race, Paul joyfully anticipated receiving his victory crown from Christ.

Yet I’ve heard countless sermons calling competition sinful. It certainly can be, if we..... CONTINUED ON THE TIFWE WEBSITE