Lessons We Can Learn From the Olympic Athlete

Olympic Stadium

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. (1 Cor 9:24)

Paul wrote with confidence that his ancient audience knew all about the Olympic and Isthmian games. Throughout his letters, he used those games as a means of drawing the attention of Christians to a far greater opportunity.

Following the same train of thought, what can we learn from the Olympic athlete?

  1. Bodily training is of some value, but training in godliness is of infinite value (1 Tim 4:1-16; 2 Tim 3:1-17; Titus 2:1-14)
  2. Self-control is a must (1 Cor 9:25, 27)
  3. An athlete is not crowned unless he or she competes according to the rules (2 Tim 2:1-7)
  4. In order to reach the goal, the past must be left behind and focus must be on what lies ahead (Phil 3:1-15)
  5. Victory is experienced only by those who personally participate (2 Tim 4:1-8)
  6. Olympic glory fades so very quickly, but the glory we are striving for is eternal (1 Cor 9:25; 2 Cor 4:16-18)

This sermon was delivered on August 7, 2016.

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