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The Olympics Are Here

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMThe Olympics are here. Much has been in the news of late about the Olympics. The news has been filled with health concerns about the water in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a news report about the concerns with the water. Athletes are being warned to not put their heads under water.

The Olympics are here. Will our own Michael Phelps win more metals – more gold (checkout the link for his events)?

The Olympics are here. Athletes have bailed on these events because of health concerns. Some have concerns but are still competing. These athletes – the best of the best – will compete for gold – for the prize. They will run to finish the race and to fight the good fight.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 2 Timothy 4:1–8 – 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Paul was urging the young pastor – Timothy – to stay the course – to run the race of his calling – to preach the Word – and to be faithful. Paul urged Timothy to be prepared in season and out – to always be prepared to serve and fulfill his calling.

Sisters and brothers – we too are called – like Timothy and the athletes of the Olympics to give it our best – to run the good race – to fight the good fight. We are called to be faithful at all times – to be prepared to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk – to give it our best.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 3, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Great message for our United Methodist Men.

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    Comment by Richard Campbell | August 3, 2016 | Reply

    • Thanks Richard…

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      Comment by raymcdonald | August 3, 2016 | Reply


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