We’ve got a guest coming in less than twenty minutes and there isn’t much time to write much today. There was a hymn in our church service this morning that set a thousand thoughts running and I’m afraid now those thoughts will be long forgotten soon.
The hymn was “Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You”.
Cast afar this world’s vain pleasure
And boldly strive for heavn’ly treasure
Be steadfast in the Savior’s might.
Trust the Lord, who stands beside you,
For Jesus from all harm will hide you
By faith you conquer in the fight
Take courage, weary soul!
Look onward to the goal!
Joy awaits you.
The race well run, Your long war won
Your crown shines splendid as the sun
In the Scripture reading today it said the athlete disciplines himself in all things. He does this to obtain the prize–a perishable wreath. Paul tells us to run the race as to obtain the prize, except the prize we obtain is a heavenly crown, a treasure that will never fade.
I want us all to win this race. When I think of humanity I want to shout to the multitudes, “Come on, guys, let’s go! This prize, this crown, is for all of us to share!” An Olympic gold medal only one of us can win, and most will never know the glory.
How exciting is this?! It’s a race we’re guaranteed to win, and maybe that’s why it’s so gish dang spanking stinking hard. This race through time we cannot lose, for God has sent His Son below. The Victor’s crown is ours above, and we will know His glory there.