Better Than a Gold Metal

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

This year’s Summer Olympics include contestants in thirty-nine different sports ranging from archery to wrestling.  Each athlete competes with the goal of representing their country with dignity and returning home with a gold metal draped around their neck.  You don’t have to be a sports enthusiast to admire the dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment of each Olympian.  These same characteristics make their way into the Bible and accurately depict what is needed to succeed in the Christian Life.

The apostle Peter, writing to believers who had experienced intense persecution, encourages them to persevere because of the prize that stands before them.  1 Peter 5:4 states, “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”  The word crown (stephanos) refers to the victor’s wreath, made of myrtle & vines, which was placed on the head of the winner of the race.  Peter reminds us that the crown of righteousness, which awaits us in heaven, is guaranteed and reserved for those who are faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ!

This week, keep your eyes on the prize that awaits you.  Run the race with dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment as you bring honor to Christ!  Rely on Him to give you what you are lacking so you can finish strong!