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For two weeks in September, 2000, the world’s best athletes competed in Sydney, Australia in the 27th Olympiad. World and Olympic records were shattered as they strove to win after years of preparation and training. Training that consumed most of their waking hours during the four years before the Olympics. We saw the joy and tears as they would cross that finish line or break a record. We saw the agony of defeat and felt for those who had trained so hard and yet came up short.

One image that will stay in my mind forever was that of Canada’s Simon Whitfield winning the men’s triathlon. He was at least 500 metres behind the leader as they approached the finish line. He looked as if he was down and out and would have to settle for the silver medal. But all of a sudden it was if he had rockets on his feet. He found his second wind and overtook the leader to take the gold. It was his months of training and discipline that allowed him to do this.

During Paul’s time the Olympics were held in Greece every four years and there is a pretty good chance Paul got to see these games. He sent a letter to the church in Corinth using terms they could understand. He compared the Christian walk to a race.

"Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus not with uncertainty. Thus I fight not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." 1Corinthians 9:24-27

An athlete during Paul’s time had to have trained for 10 months at least before he could compete. If it was found out that he had not trained, he would be disqualified and shame was brought to his home town. Paul compares our walk to that of an athlete. We must train and discipline ourselves through reading God’s word and praying.

2Timothy 2:5 says, "If anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules." This applies to the Christian as well. We must follow the word of God, not comprising His truths. We must put aside the things of this world that would keep us from attaining the goals He has set for us. Let us fly as high as the eagle with God’s Spirit, be quick at hearing God’s word and declare ourselves as more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord. Higher, Faster, Stronger.

Part 5 of the series Who Is Jesus? will be posted on Monday. Have a great weekend!


Comments on: "Higher, Faster, Stronger" (6)

  1. Excellent teaching Gerry…as always. Blessings to you and your family this weekend.

  2. keita♡ said:

    ….how did you get your site layout? its cool…

  3. Great entry! Spirited, meaningful, interesting… I\’m not religious, but I enjoyed it and found it insightful nonetheless.I\’m going to read the rest of your entries… well, maybe not all in one sitting.. 😉

  4. Caroline said:

    What can I say, but Amen! It was a real inspiration reading this blog you put on your space. We should always, everyday, try our trully best to win the first prize, Jesus Christ. He is there with us, every single day, but sometimes we just seem to forget how special and big that is. It is uncomparable to anything this world has to offer. Let our day begin then, with a prayer, asking Him to help us realize that. I really like your site. Come check out mine sometime, if you have the time!God bless you

  5. born of a mystery with no rhyme and no reason, no handbook instructions, just time and the seasons. no answers were given, and we search on for clues, and make up religions that tell who\’s who. so onward we press, and act on a tale, that claims from the beginning we were destined to fail. to me that\’s a cop out, a fear factory plot, to keep us in order but me i think not. there\’s more to this place then just rules and restrictions, so i\’m searching inward but finding conflictions. more time it will take, for me to find answers, so for now its just booze blunts and big bootied dancers.

  6. Teresa Dawn said:

    Excellent post. I can really relate as I remember the exact moment you are talking about with Simon Whitfield. It is so hard to believe that it was nearly 5 years ago now! I am also very much looking forward to having the Olympics at home in 2010, however beyond all that, I have to agree 100% that these earthly prizes do not mean a thing compared to the gift of salvation. I see nothing wrong with competing in a race or contest, as long as we understand that our ultimate goal is to have Jesus in every aspect of our lives. God Bless,Teresa Dawn

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