Driven by the vision of winning an Olympic medal thousands of athletes are arriving in Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games.
It is the vision of beating the best athletes in their sport, standing on the victory platform, hearing their national anthem played, and having an Olympic gold medal hung around their neck; that has motivated those athletes to go through countless months of intensive training and practice sessions with their coaches so they would have the strength and endurance to be able to give a winning performance.
As Christians hear the stories about how those athletes went through such intensive training and developed a winning attitude that helped them overcome many obstacles in their pursuit of an Olympic medal, those stories should inspire Christians to go through the training of learning God’s principles for living in such a way that those principles become the foundation for their beliefs and actions, learning how to use the power of the Holy Spirit to help Christians live according to God’s principles, and learning how to use the spiritual weapons described in Ephesians 6:10-18 in combination with using the name of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to fight off spiritual attacks from the Devil and his spiritual forces of darkness so that Christians can develop a winning attitude that will help them overcome the many obstacles that they will face during the rest of their journey of their physical life.
When Christians have successfully completed the journey of their physical life they will receive the prize of the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) and as they stand at God’s judgment of their life, they will hear Jesus proclaim: “Well done, good and faithful servant . . . enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21) as He welcomes them into Heaven, where they will have a place around God’s throne and sing the victory songs found in Revelation 5:9-14.
Although Olympic athletes spend years training for their performance which may last a few minutes, the Christian’s performance will last for the rest of their physical life. Consequently, Christians need to have their physical, emotional, and spiritual strength renewed every day by reading God’s Word, talking to God in prayer, and having the Holy Spirit renew and empower them to face the many problems that Christians have as they go through their daily activities in our modern society.
Therefore, as Christians watch the Olympic Games and see the athletes competing to win prizes that are relevant during their lifetime, let Christians remember that through their performance in the journey of their physical life they can do great things for God and His spiritual kingdom of light, become God’s special champions, and they will be given prizes that will last forever!