One of my favourite TV shows is The Chase. Just in case you haven’t seen it, it’s a game show where the contestants play against a professional quizzer who is referred to as the “chaser”, who attempts to prevent them from winning a cash prize. It’s a game for people who are very smart and clever (lol) as questions can be from any area – science, films anything.
Before contestants face the chaser, they go through round of questions and the person with the highest points comes forward to face the chaser.
Most times the chasers are fairly confident or better put they present themselves as very confident. I feel this is a strategy to intimidate the contestants. However if you watch the show, you can tell when they meet someone who is highly intelligent. In these cases, even if they voice confidence, they eyes and body language can be slightly different if you watch closely.
In the show, the prize is always set. Every correct answer brings the contestant closer to the big prize. But just as the contestants get a shot at each question, the chaser gets one too.
I see this show as a metaphor for life. In our christian race, there is the crown of glory which is our utmost prize. This prize is set. God isn’t playing a game with us by moving it further every time. Our everyday life is the shots we get to attain this goal. But then we have the chaser, the devil our enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). His goal is to prevent us from getting our prize. He is smart and very cunny. He isn’t folding his hands to watch us go to heaven. He is willing to put anything he can on our way to hinder us.
Even if he knows that our faith is strong, he isn’t going to walk away. Like the chaser, he will give his best shot. He will put in his best effort and strategy to make us fail.
Looking away from the spiritual aspect, we all have a goal to attain here on earth. The devil isn’t folding his hands to watch us get that either. He will throw doubt, fear, hardship, sickness, weakness, lack, unbelieve and anything he can throw our way to make us give up. Like the chaser, he tries at every opportunity we get. He is chasing us. We hear him whisper in our ears that we can’t do it. We can’t make it. That child will never come back home. Our relationship will never work. We will never come out of debt. He says all of this to prevent you from continuing chasing our desired dreams and goals.
So how can we defeat the chaser?
We can defeat him by focusing on the prize. Paul said in Philippians 3:12-14;
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Let’s stay on track, focusing on what we want to achieve. Focus on your dreams. This is a new year. the worst thing that can happen to us will be for us look back the last day of this year only to realise that we allowed fear to stop us from doing what we wanted to do. It’s about time that idea moved from what you are thinking to what you are doing. You want to go to school this year, do it. You want to write, do it. You want to do something you’ve always wanted to do, do it. Don’t allow the chaser to get you.
Unlike the TV game show, we have the Holy Spirit aiding us to succeed. Let’s partner with Him as He leads us to victory.
The chase is on! Keep your eyes on the prize!