Every four years, many of us follow a bunch of sports that we haven’t followed since the last Winter Olympics. Some are relativity mainstream like downhill skiing, snowboarding and figure skating. Others are much more obscure like curling, skeleton, ski jumping, and short track. Crazy! How do you learn these?
Go Team USA! Our patriotic juices start flowing as we cheer for American athletes competing on the world stage. USA, USA! (Repeat.) It seems like most of the athletes are quite accomplished in their respective fields. However, a lot of their national career relevance comes down to how they perform at the Olympic Games. Winning an Olympic gold, silver or bronze medal is more heavily weighted than an average event throughout the year.
Live sports have the drama of competition with instantaneous results. Who will rise to the occasion? The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
One thing is certain about the Olympics – the outcome is “unknown.” No one knows who the winners will be. Most athletes go into the games thinking, hoping and believing that they will prevail. Part of the Olympic spirit is simply trying your best! At the end of the Olympics, many competitors must face the reality that they came up short. The anxiety and suspense are gone. The winners are determined.
In the monumental battle of good vs. evil, the outcome is already “known.” God wins! Have you ever flipped to the end of a book first just to see how the story ends? Christians know the end from the beginning. We know how planet Earth’s story ends. We don’t need to worry or be afraid if we’re on the winning team. The gold medal of eternal life is guaranteed!
Revelation tells of the final struggle between good and evil – the Battle of the Universe. The victory belongs to God and his love. In the last chapter, Jesus declares, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 22:12-13)
Next to my desk at work I have a paper shredder. One time as I moved some papers on my desk, a note card got accidentally knocked off my desk and drifted through the air right into my shredder. Unbelievable! It lined up just right to get shredded to bits. I grabbed for the paper, but it was too late. I never did figure out what was written on that note card.
Similarly, how many of us have Bibles, but don’t know what they say? Are they stuffed in a drawer or a permanent fixture on a shelf? Worn Bibles are the best ones. The biggest event of all-time is foretold in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus is coming again! It also gives invaluable guidance for navigating the journey of life and how to be assured of winning.
Much of what we deal with on a daily basis in life doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Many of our cares seem insignificant next to eternity with God. Some fads and trends are just plain goofy! Even winning an Olympic gold medal pales in comparison to winning the Battle of the Universe. Besides, in Heaven, the streets are paved with gold!
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” (1 Peter 1:24)
Recently, the Reverend Billy Graham, a great Christian champion for God passed away. He preached about Jesus Christ at 417 crusades in 185 countries to 84 million people (not to mention TV and Internet). In 1997, I was blessed to attend one of his crusades.
Graham cleverly stated, “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” He also said, “I have never known anyone to accept Christ’s redemption and later regret it.”
Because of Jesus, we can be on the winning team. We can be assured of the gold medal! Tune into your Bible today. You’ll be glad you did …