A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
All across the world people are watching the Winter Olympics and following their favorite athletes as they compete to hopefully bring home the gold. Many web pages include a Winter Olympic update informing you of the medal leaders, broken down by country and categories. All of the amateur athletes are to be commended for their diligence, skill, and the sacrifice that they have made to be an Olympian.
The imagery of competing for a prize appears frequently in the New Testament, particularly in the letters of Paul and Peter, as an illustration of running the Christian life. Even those athletes who take home an Olympic gold from Sochi, will be slowly forgotten when they are no longer on the cover of Wheaties and their record has been broken in the next Olympics. But the apostle Peter reminds every disciple of Christ that the prize we are competing for, by God’s strength, is “the unfading crown of glory.” Whenever the New Testament uses the word “crown” it is a term referring to the wreath awarded to an athlete in the games, not the diadem of a king. There is only one king, Jesus Christ, but every Christian is to seek the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
So enjoy watching the Winter Olympics and remember that even a gold medal will tarnish but we are going for a crown that is better than the gold!