Paul exclaims in 1 Corinthians 9:24 that we are to run the race as if to win.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NASB)
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
But what exactly are we supposed to win and who are we competing against? Considering the lateness of the prophetic hour in which we live I think its important what we regularly remind ourselves who we are competing against and what need to do to win. Let me use the sport of Cycling as an analogy.
To me, Cycling is both an interesting example and an interesting contradiction of running the race as if to win. This is particularly true for an event like the 21-day Tour de France race that occurs every July. In order to win the race, individual riders must work together with competitors at certain times in the race. You can't win without working together with your competitors and you can't win without separating yourself from your competitors. The key to winning of to maintain the right relationship with the peloton.
What is the peloton?