Posted by: Dale | February 12, 2010

Going for Gold

Almost 7 years ago, the people of Vancouver and the people of Canada in whole, waited. They waited to hear an announcement on who would host the 2010 Winter Olympiad.  It was July 3rd when IOC president Jacques Rogge announced that Vancouver-Whistler beat Pyeongchang, South Korea, on a second ballot. And  Salzburg, Austria,was beat out in the first round.

So now, we sit here on the day of the opening ceremonies and our country is welcoming citizens and athletes from around the world.  We anticipate a great games and we anticipate a lot of success. Sport is not something out of place in the Bible. And Paul has used imagery of sport to show the Christian walk.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (I Cor 9:24-27 – NIV)

Paul uses important imagery here. He talks about how there is a need for training in the spiritual realm. A need to bring our bodies under submission like an athlete brings his body under submission. The Athlete does this to train his bosy to become better at what he does and so he can win the race.

Paul mentions this to point out that we need to make sure the desires of the flesh are kept in control, so that we will win the race.  So that at the end of the race (the end of our mortal lives) we can say like Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

That is what this life is about, not about how much money or stuff you have accumulated, but about how well you kept the faith.  Today I encourage you to enjoy the Olympics, but remember that you yourself are in a race and are in constant training. You can win this race!


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