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Olympic Gold

Olympic Gold

Bible writers talk about races and training and staying the course and winning a prize. There are winners and losers in God’s Word; some get medals and others depart from the Games empty handed. And so this week, we’re asking: what’s happening in Athens, Greece, that can have meaning to the searching Christian? What can we learn from these athletes?

Jesus says, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works . . . and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Is that talking about gold medals, friend? Yes, I believe it is. In a way that verse says: “Train hard! Work hard! Perform to your peak! Then make sure God receives the glory.”

In a Newsweek cover article before the Atlanta Olympics, there was a sidebar piece about Gwen Torrence, who was scheduled to compete in the so-called sprinter’s triple gold: the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay. Why does she work so hard? Her husband answered that question when reporters asked. “Track doesn’t mean that much to Gwen,” he said. “She runs because that’s the talent God gave her.”

Maybe you’re not an Olympic-caliber athlete. You may be a long ways away from Athens. Greece may not figure very highly in your Year 2004 plans. But in your own quiet way, you can be a champion of some kind for God. I truly do believe that.

You may not have any gold medals around your neck. Not yet, anyway. But God takes note of the fact that you’re doing your best FOR HIS SAKE! Using the talents God has given you in order to honor HIM. Not for pay and not for pride, but for God. For HIM. You’re letting your light so shine before men that GOD’S name is quietly but faithfully lifted up. And believe me, one of these days, the gold medals will be handed out.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.



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