If you’re like me, you have been watching the Olympics the past few days. The competitors each doing their best to secure a place in Olympic history. Months and years of training all coming in to focus for this one moment in time. The Bible speaks much about running the race and for those of us who study and watch the unfolding of Bible prophecy, we are aware that the finish line is now in sight. The question I have for myself and perhaps for you, is this – with the finish line now so closely in sight, what kind of finish will I have? What kind of finish do I want? Am I competing at all?
In 2 Timothy 2:5, the apostle Paul says:
“…if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules”.
In other words, an athlete may be the best in the world but if they fail to follow the rules and regulations of the game, they will never receive the crown or in this case the gold – in fact, they would be disqualified.
Because salvation is a gift which can never be earned, what then is Paul driving at?
One of the first thing that comes to mind for me is the training that goes on behind the scenes. Months and months, if not years of dedicated training that brings these athletes to this one moment in time. But, what good is training if one never enters the race. In order to win, one must first compete.
As believers, we have all entered the race. The starting line is Jesus and the course that is set is the Christian life. But, how many for lack of training, lack of will and lack of dedication make much progress towards the finish line. It’s there alright, but, for lack of training many will never see it. Instead, like untrained athletes they spin out of control, coming dangerously close to crossing the boundary lines and never make any real progress toward the strong finish that God desires for all of us. The victor’s crown.
I don’t know about you but, I would like to be able to finish the race strong. In the last moments of any race it is tempting to slow down as weariness sets in. But, then suddenly the finish line is in sight and fresh stores of energy propel the body forward to do what it was trained to do. To receive the victor’s crown.
Brothers and sisters, press on. The finish line is clearly in sight. May 2014 be remembered not for the athletes that competed at Sochi but for those running the race for Jesus Christ.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy