“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
1 Corinthians 9:24 (KJV)
All the anticipation and long wait has now become a reality. The 2012 Olympics in London, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad is now in session. I believe the most excited people in the world now are the athletes that are competing.
Imagine the hours, months, and years of hard work and training to get to this event. As we all know that this event only comes by every four years. There has been numerous celebrations since the very first Olympics. This has caused the popularity of many of the athletes that came on the scene. Names like Carl Lewis, Bruce Jenner, Jackie Joyner, Usain Bolt, Ian Thorpe, and Michael Phelps.
As the events begin, I want you to know that as there is a beginning there is also an end. So the athletes know that this can be a very crucial moment. It can either make or break them and their career. Every athlete has their eyes set on obtaining the gold. What this does is give them an opportunity to showcase their ability and skill to the world while promoting and honoring their country. It’s about going for the gold to be the greatest. We all know that there is only one position for gold available for each event.
Everyone has their expectations, but the realty is that there will be some surprises, disappointments, and life changing moments throughout the Olympics. There is also a major economy booster for the nations that get the opportunity to host such an event.
So what does this have to do with the Christian life? We all know that God has created you also to run in a race. It is the race of life. You against time while the enemy is out to get you disqualified before you get to the end. The good thing about it is all of us have the potential and have been qualified by God.
My question to you is have you discovered your race? Are you excited about being in this race? Being qualified to participate is an honor and privilege to be grateful for. Bear in mind this is not the end because you still must show up for your race and actually take part. This is what puts you in position to capture the gold.
The good thing about it is that all of us have the opportunity to walk away with gold. As in our opening scripture we are encouraged to run to obtain. I believe as believers we are not suppose to stop running until we have completed the race. I know sometimes it feels difficult and hard and you don’t want to move on. Here is something you may want to try. When it feels like you can’t run anymore then walk, when can’t walk then crawl.
I do encourage you to remain focused and aim to do and become your best. The rewards that are received in a natural race cannot be compared to what God has in store for you. If people can discipline themselves to obtain something that is temporary, how much more should we be willing to push ourselves for that which is eternal.
Do you believe that you are qualified for God’s Christian Olympics? Are you ready for your big event? What is your input on this matter?
Take care until………and God Bless ya
Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:
Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.