Every Christian is in the race. You can’t opt out in favor of spectating until you meet the Lord. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says run as if we want to win. By God’s grace the run can be a joy. Pressing toward the goal is pressing toward the prize. The word “press” in Philippians 3:14 means to mark out something. We set our eyes on the goal that is the prize. It brings great joy. The prize is not an award handed to you, but a prize you get to enjoy with all the other winners in the race. The great prize is Jesus Christ our Lord and access to God the Father. It is an upward call, incomparable to anything on earth. The response to our present condition can only be one of sanctified dissatisfaction with how far we have to go until we are perfected.