30/30: Olympics. Jason Lezak. Run to Win.

11 08 2008

Unbelievable Finish…you gotta love the Olympics. Last night the Men’s 4X100 Free Relay in swimming was off the chain. With only the length of the pool to go and down almost a full body length to France, Jason Lezak reached deep inside, came storming back and to the amazement of everyone stretched out his hand won the race…by only a fingertip. The dude swam out of his mind. Jason, a veteran of the US swim team turned in the best split time in the history of the swimming 46.01 seconds. Amazing. If this race doesn’t pump you up, do you have a pulse?

WATCH VIDEO of 4×100 Free Relay

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step.” 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25

As amazing as a gold medal performance in the Olympics is, Paul reminds us that there’s a bigger race in town. In Paul’s day, athletes would compete in the Pythian games, the forerunner to the Olympics. There were no gold metals, only a wreath for the winner. Most historians believe the wreath was made out of bay leaves or celery stalks. He says that’s a great prize, but it would quickly fade away. There’s a bigger game in town that is worth giving your life to. This race is eternal, not temporary. This race involves impacting lives for all eternity. This race is about building the kingdom of God which will last forever.

In your spiritual walk, have you settled for “I just want to do my best and finish the race”? God says “Run to Win!” There is a bigger came in town worth giving EVERYTHING YOU ARE and EVERYTHING YOU HAVE to. That’s God’s vision for your life. That’s why you are here on this planet. Just because you started your spiritual life slow, doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing finish.

Would like like to begin to “run every step with purpose”? Would you like to be infused with a intense passion give all that you are to Christ’s cause? Would you would like to recapture that all consuming desire to follow Christ? If so, be at Epic this Sunday as we begin our new series: VISION: is IT in you?

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