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The Christian Race

The Christian Race

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R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L.

" Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run that ye may obtain." i CORINTHIANS ix. 24.
R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L.

" Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run that ye may obtain." i CORINTHIANS ix. 24.

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THE CHRISTIAN RACE R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L." Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain." i CORINTHIANS ix. 24. ALL run, for the race is human life ; and all must run it somehow, whether they will or no. But there are many ways of running it, and many endings to the race. All must run, but many run without hope of the prize, and many throw it away. Many run because they cannot help it, and never try at all ; and many try hard, but find at the end of their running that they have run in vain. All run, but the prize of human life is not for all running ; it is not the mere running which ensures the prize ; it is the running " so as to obtain." All run, but the prize is for those who win. What is our life for, and what are we doing with it ? What are we living for, and what good do we expect that our having lived here will do us at the end ? Here we are all of us together, running our appointed race, the race of which much has been run, and of which the remainder is quickly shorten
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ing, shortening as quickly as the hours pass, and bringing us ever nearer to the point where we are to stop, having either won or lost. The race of life, 196 VILLAGE SERMONS xx and the race for what life is worth ! What do we see around us of the running and its success ? We see much idle running ; running without a thought of what the running is for ; running without end or purpose ; running carelessly, without trouble and at random, as if all were play and nothing were earnest, a game for passing the time, with no duties, nothing to be serious about. We see the slothful servant, with the only talent by which he could do his Lord any service, wrapping it in the napkin and putting it away out of his sight, that even the sight of it might not trouble his lazi ness, and quietly making up his mind that he had nothing more to do than to sit idle, and play and sleep, till his Lord comes back.
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We see the foolish virgin go forward to meet the dreadful hour the coming of which no one knows gaily and lightly, and scorning to trouble her mind with thinking of what may be, and of what one day may run short. She has lighted her lamp, and the Bridegroom will come in good time ; the lamp will take care of itself for as long as it is wanted. Her careful sister may be over-cautious if she likes, over-anxious, and burden herself with the supply of oil which never may be needed ; she will not vex herself with these too busy cares ; she will trust her luck, and take things as they come. We see the great company of the thoughtless, the selfish, moving on recklessly towards the fearful Left Hand. All around them are the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the naked, the prisoners ; all around are the piercing cries for help, but they hear nothing ; their eyes are blinded, and see not Christ needing to be xx THE CHRISTIAN RACE 197 ministered unto ; they only ask why they should not do what they like with their own harming no one,
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