Like many of you, I’ve been watching quite a bit of the Olympics these last two weeks. Each day I look forward to evening approaching, to turn on the TV and watch these amazing athletes competing at the highest level of their sport.
As I’ve watched, it struck me this year more than in previous games, the level of commitment, dedication, training and sacrifice these young athletes have made in order to perform at the top of their game. We watch and appreciate the physical prowess and near perfection with which they apply their skill; but for most of us, we never see nor could we really appreciate the fact they’ve dedicated their very lives to honing these skills to run the race set before them. No, this level of performance didn’t come overnight…There’s no silver bullet.
So it is (or should be) with us in our desire to walk in Christ-likeness. Our salvation may come quickly, but our journey to walk in God’s ways takes a lifetime of dedication, training and sacrifice. Dedication to commit to know God better each day. Rigorous training by reading, studying and meditating on His Word…and so that this may be possible, the sacrificing of time and other shiny worldly things so that His call on our lives truly becomes our priority.
The question for you and me is, do we approach our training (our own discipleship) in the same way the Olympian approaches theirs? Do we commit our very lives to getting better as Christ followers each day?..To running the race with everything we have?
In 2 Corinthians 9:24 Paul says; “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run is such a way as to get the prize”. This Olympic games has motivated me to double down on my commitment. To dedicate myself more to my training and to sacrifice more of the things that don’t matter, so that I might run a better race.
I’ll do this so that one day I might win the prize…Because after all, in the following verse, verse 25, we’re told that: “Everyone that 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”.
That alone should cause us all to want to up our game.