86ed. That’s when I remembered something from the Bible, regarding how when you run the race of your faith, you have to keep your eye on the prize. I realized that the only way I could accomplish my goal was by keeping my eye on the prize.
The next time I crossed the starting line, I put my hand up to steady myself. I said, “All you have to do is watch me run the race of my faith.” I looked professional enough to be able to do that. I didn’t say anything like I’d defeat you at the finish line, or that it was going to take a lot of sweat to finish, or anything like that. I just said, “Watch me run the race of my faith.”
Jesus was really clear about what he was teaching in the New Testament. He said, “The only reason you’re here is that you’re a Jew, and the coming of Christ is coming to you!”
The Jesus and Olympic
What did Jesus want us to be at the Olympic Committee?
Well, what did the Romans have to do with the Olympic Committee, or what I was asked to deliver at the Olympics in London? What did I have to do to complete my mission and to excel at the Olympic Games, as I had been instructed? What did I have to do to “keep my eye on the prize”? We all have goals and dreams for ourselves.
So, the question is this: Why would anyone have to answer that question other than the inspired words of someone like Jesus? If you truly believe that the Olympic Torch is symbolic of the spiritual Olympics that the bible teaches us, then you also have to look at the gold and silver that represent that gold and silver! The Olympic torch is the emblem for all the nations that have chosen to participate. Every nation on the earth has a different flag representing their country at the Olympic Games. Some are adorned with religious symbols while others lack any symbols whatsoever, but they all have one thing in common.
That is that they all want to “win” the Olympic gold and silver! That means they want to finish the race. That is what Jesus taught and that is what every Christian athlete must strive to do. Running the race of our faith.
When we compete in any sporting event we run the risk of getting injured or hurting ourselves. That is just part of the game. But what a Christian athlete runs that matters more than anything is their preparation for the event. In order to prepare for this particular event that is meant to run the race of faith, Christians must be fully aware of what they are doing and what they are getting into.
Running the race and Reward
Jesus said that to run the race of the faith he needed to put on the full armor of God. He didn’t need to have any supernatural gifts or powers to win, he just needed to be prepared and ready and He would have been that way if He were here today to stand and to run the full-army. When we prepare for any competition or task that we are involved with we use tools such as running shoes and shin guards. We protect ourselves with these to protect us from injury. We train ourselves with drills and exercises that help to increase our speed, strength, and endurance.
Running the race of the Lord isn’t easy. It takes a lot of prayers, running, prayer and preparation. But the reward is worth it. When we run the race we complete it knowing that we did our best to fulfill the will of our savior on the cross that was meant for us.