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Vancouver 2010: "Run to Obtain"

Paul, in several New Testament scriptures, compares the Christian life to a race. We can also draw spiritual parallels to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Torch

One runner passes the flaming torch to another and the run continues. Crowds watch and cheer. Soon all cheers die into silence as the runners reached their destination. All that this fanfare celebrates is the extraordinary human spirit, talent and ingenuity demonstrated at the Olympics.

Faithful believers who have run the race of life also deserve our applause as they pass the torch on to us. Thank you to each faithful parent or grandparent for teaching us the Bible way. Hold high the torch and when you must go, and pass it on to those by your side.

"Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain" (Philippians 2:16)

Gold Medals

To win a gold metal is the ultimate goal of the Olympians. Claiming the medal for their country radiates an aura of national and personal pride. With feelings gone wild, winners take this ultimate prize, but only a select few will win this prize.

Apostle Paul contrasts this to the Christian race. He says, "So run, that ye may obtain," reminding Christians that all who run can win the prize. Olympians look for earthly recognition and gold medals, "but we an incorruptible"crown and the Father’s commendation.

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Tragic Death

At speeds exceeding normal highway travel, the luger traveling downhill on a tiny sled hurtled to his death beside the track. Was the trail too steep? Was its design faulty? Questions remain unanswered in many minds.

In the spiritual race, some lose their way before they reach the goal. Bystanders ask, was the way too difficult for them? Is the designer at fault? But believers know the way has been designed by the Father and tested by Christ. The trail is passable, and with Holy Spirit guidance the race can be won.

May we be able to say, as Paul testified, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day"(1Timothy 4:7–8).

—Matthew Horst

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