The NASCAR Sprint Cup races at 23 different tracks during the year. It would be possible for someone to bring a car that meets the required specifications of NASCAR, start on the pole, run for 500 miles and cross the finish line first and still not win an official NASCAR race — if they are at the wrong track.
It seems strange to think that anyone would run the full length of a race, putting all kinds of miles on their motor and using up valuable tires and time which all amounts to nothing in the end; yet people do this with their lives all the time. You and I do good things and think, "Boy, this is important and valuable and will get me right with God." While in reality it amounts to nothing. Sure it has a little benefit for a short time on earth, but in the big picture it’s like building a castle near the ocean. It will soon be wiped away and will be meaningless.