In the Kingdom, the first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Matthew 20:16
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. 1 Cor 9:25
Who won the 400m at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona?
Obviously, Derek Redmond lost his chance at getting an Olympic medal, unlike the other competitors. Even though he came last, he got a standing ovation from 65,000 people in the stands.
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 9:25
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12
As he limps along crying, the man’s father came out of the stands to hold him up. Has God done that for you? He is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
He did it for me, and He will do it for you if you let him. We just have to call him Father, and trust Him.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 1 John 1:12