The 2020 Olympic Games will finally begin this weekend. As you know, due to Covid-19 they were delayed a year. Every athlete has been planning and preparing for these games to begin (in some cases, a lifetime). Countless hours have been invested by each athlete in the hope to compete for and win a coveted Olympic medal. They have worked very long and hard to get to this point.
For us who follow Jesus, there will come a time when God will declare the value of each person’s work. He won’t use the standards of the Olympic Games which measure the impact of each athlete’s work primarily with things like numbers and time. No, God measures deeper issues, like how faithful we were and how much we had to overcome in order to do what He called us to do. Regardless, the divine assessment is coming. And Paul, who surely had been faithful in fulfilling his mission, says his life and ministry are being shaped by that awareness.
“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 to His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)
That’s one of the significant differences between the Kingdom now and the Kingdom then. Now, we serve as faithfully as we can without knowing the full impact we have in the present or being able to measure the obstacles we’ve overcome. Then, we will fully enjoy the Kingdom after all those issues have been settled. Both require our loving gaze toward God; but only one requires us to look through a darkened glass, only vaguely being aware of the true significance of our lives. One day we will see Jesus face to face and He will reward us. Looking forward to “that day” has profound effects on us now.
Let’s live with an eye on that encounter, that day of assessment when He declares how well we have fought and run the race. Let’s get a vision of His coming and allow it to clarify our decisions and prioritize our values today. A Crown Is Promised, and we will want to receive it knowing we lived for everything it represents.
Have a rewarding weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who live to gaze at Jesus and serve Him with everything they have. They know one day they will see Him face to face and are confident that on “that day” they will hear Him say, “I’m proud of you! Bravo! Well done! Very Well Done!”
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)