14 July 2014
Part of the hype surrounding the world cup is the fact that it only happens once every 4 years. For professional athletes, the chances to play in the world cup may only come by once or twice in their lifetime. There is therefore little else that can compare to the elation of making it into the final and finally to win the cup. But this elation will only last for the next 4 years. And like many other sports, records will be broken, people will out-do others. The same goes for our careers, bank balances, toys and beauty. Time will catch up, we will grow bored and uninspired by what initially inspired us to win the title and crown in the first place. Our health will fail us so we cannot enjoy the same things we did when we were young. These worldly glories will fade with time.
Scripture also tells us that our life is a race to be completed and there will be obstacles and set backs before the finish line. The main difference is that our spiritual race is one which will never have to be “won” again like the world cup or other worldly trophies. Our race in Jesus is only one race and the end will determine eternity. This eternity and the glory that comes with it will never fade away.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
2 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who 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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Father Lord, may my eyes be re-calibrated every morning and waking moment on the ultimate prize that awaits me as i run this race and fight the good fight. May my life be meaningful and glorifying to how you have purposed me to be. I am yours as your created me fearfully and wonderfully, and i am doubly yours because you redeemed me with the blood of your precious Son.