I had the opportunity to watch a good deal of the recently completed Olympic Games. It’s interesting to note that of all the dozens of post-race and post-competition interviews with the gold medal winners that I witnessed, not a single one went like this:
“You know, getting this gold medal really wasn’t worth it. I mean, I’ve worked my guts out in the gym, traveled thousands of miles taking part in competitions, forsaken all junk food & frivolous hobbies, and spent thousands of dollars on training & equipment – all for what – to get a stinking gold medal in the Olympics! What a complete waste of time!”
You never hear anything like this said because, for the athlete, all the work, money and pain involved in getting the gold medal positively pale in comparison to the thrill & glory of accomplishing this all-consuming life goal. To stand on the podium and hear the sweet sound of “The National Anthem” playing makes all the struggles & trials seem as nothing in comparison to that moment of joy.
As Christians, we’ve been promised a glory far greater than a mere gold medal yet, far too often, we tend to focus our attention on all the work, money and pain that may be required in following Jesus. We allow the “costs” to frighten us out of wholeheartedly pursuing ultimate glory. The opposite should be true. As Paul said, “…our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor. 4:17)
Revolutionary Christians – those whose all-consuming goal is to follow Jesus – know that all the trials, troubles & travails of this life are totally insignificant compared to hearing the sweet sound of King Jesus saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Post by: Eron Elswick, Revolution Leadership Team