Your success in life's race depends on your reason for running. One of
Aesop's fables tells of a dog that stumbled upon a hare. Swift and determined,
the hound chased the hare over many miles. Finally, the hound gave up in
exhaustion. Seeing the race, a by-stander praised the hero-hare. He mocked
the loser. Indignantly the hound replied, "You forget that it is one thing to run
for your dinner and another to run for your life."

Many people are "running for their dinner." They are smart and driven. Yet
they are pursuing just one more job to pay the bills. Their highest goal is to
provide for the body's needs and pleasures. "'Let us eat and drink,' you say,
'for tomorrow we die!'" While this quote sounds like a beer commercial, it
actually comes from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (22:13). He is
describing a pervasive view of life in both his day and our own. As many
discover the hard way, this worn out view of life is empty and meaningless.

Our bodies will fail and fail far too soon. "You are a mist that appears for a
little while and then vanishes" (James 4:14). What business person would
invest in a market he knows to be rapidly and finally declining? Yet that same
shrewd investor forgets the greatest truth about profit and loss. "What good
will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" (Matthew
"Don't run for your dinner.
Run for your life!"

Those who don't know God's will chase material things for 'living.' We
should aim much higher, seeking the Life-Giver Himself! We seek "His
kingdom," His reign over us and in us and his His will for us. This is "doing
the will of God from the heart" (Ephesians 6:6). Like Jesus, the Father's will
becomes our food. This is the true "health food," for its benefit endures far
beyond the grave. "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who
does the will of God lives forever" (1 John 2:17).

Who can doubt that God offers us such food? He faithfully gives daily bread
for our bodies. Surely He also provides the Bread of Life for our needy
spirits. He orders all the universe. Surely He has a high purpose for all of us
created in His image! He made the tongue and the ear. Surely He can
communicate clearly, showing His plan for each life!

Your visit to World Bible School suggests you want to make a life, not just a
living. Jesus encourages you in your search when he advises, "Do not work
for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life" (John 6:27).
Don't run for your dinner, run for your life!

While on earth, food was about the last thing on the mind of Jesus. He
begins His special work by fasting for forty days (Luke 4:2). Later, He turns
down the offer of a much-needed meal. Why? "My food," He answers, "is to
do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work" (John 4:34).

The will of God! This alone fills and satisfies Jesus. He craves soul
satisfaction as a starving man craves food. He calls us to have this same
priority in our lives: "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What
shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these
things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first
His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you
as well" (Matthew 6:31-33).
The Bible confirms that God has spoken. We are able to hear "the whole
will of God" (Acts 20:27). We can "stand firm in all the will of God, mature
and fully assured" (Colossians 4:12). This is more than head-knowledge or
theory. We are empowered to succeed: "not to live the rest of his earthly
life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God" (1 Peter 4:2).

Every person's life is a race. But it does not have to be the rat-race, a
frantic "running for dinner." That kind of contest ends in exhaustion and
emptiness. How much better to "run for your life!" You can recognize the
real stakes and run to win. Of course, even that race must end. Yet - like
Aesop's winner - our run ends, not in death, but in renewed life. The Father
welcomes us with the greatest prize of all, never ending life with Him! You
will say with the victorious Paul, "I have finished the race, I have kept the
faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to
me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
"Every person's life is a race.
But it doesn't have to be a rat race.
World Bible School wants to help you discover God's will for your life. We
have included 12 questions with this brief lesson. Notice that each question,
like the questions in all of our courses, are taken directly from the Bible.
When you have completed the questions, please sign up for a full length
WBS course you can take by email.