I love the Olympics. I get so excited when they roll around, summer and winter. I am amazed at the dedication these athletes have for their given sport. The many hours spent just trying o improve one little part of the overall skill. It’s simply amazing!
Not many of us have that dedication to being the best in something. Most of us give it a good try, but do we really ever try to work at being the BEST? Maybe considering that evaluating the best is a pretty arduous task. I suppose it’s all relative.
I wonder what it would be like to work at being the best follower of Jesus there ever was. That may seem like a weird thing to consider, but is it not something we should work at? Considering that being a disciple requires some discipline, maybe we should give it a try.
The truth is that for us to know the grace-filled love of Christ, we need to practice discovering it. If we want to know as much as possible about Jesus, then we should invest time and attention to learning from him. If we want to claim the title “believer,” “follower,” “disciple” then we should probably exhibit the evidence that we are what we say we are.
There is something a little different about being an Olympic gold medal winner and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. While we may soon forget who won the 500-meter freestyle, or who won the women’s all-around gymnastics, or even the men’s decathlon, we won’t soon forget who gave his life for our sins.
The Olympic athlete is focused on one thing: the gold medal. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are to be focused on the goal of the heavenly prize. The gold medal may collect dust and tarnish, but a life in Christ is eternal. That’s the ultimate prize. So while we may cheer on the athlete, let us not lose sight of the greatest victory, and may we each press on.
“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision – you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” (Phil. 3:15-16 MSG)