By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
“To God be the glory!” This is a phrase we have heard many times lately, especially within the Olympic competitions. It was spoken by Wayde Van Niekerk after he won 1st place in the 400 meter race and achieved a world record. Brianna Rollins, another gold medalist, testified about prayer circles with her team before races. While this is inspirational to many, others sneer at these athletes. Critics say they are flaunting their faith. They ask, “Does God really care who wins?” Would he intervene in a sports competition because he likes one person more than another? It is much more likely that this expression of faith is being misinterpreted altogether.
For many Christians, this phrase is simply an offering of thanksgiving for God’s blessings. It is written in Acts 17:28, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” It is refreshing to see the humility of these athletes as they are making history. They recognize their strength comes from the Almighty and that without him, they could do nothing. The Lord probably doesn’t care who wins sports competitions but will help those who depend upon him. Talent and hard work plays an important role, but one should never underestimate the power of faith. A mature Christian will always give God the credit for the accomplishments that are gained with his help.
The testimonies of these amazing athletes should provide encouragement to believers. If we depend on God, he can help us attain our goals and achieve great things. He may not be calling you to a gold medal, but there are greater accomplishments in the Kingdom of God. This includes impacting lives, changing our community, and making an eternal difference. To each person, God’s plan is amazing and carries divine purpose. Our responsibility is to trust him and devote ourselves to his call as a disciplined athlete. The apostle Paul shares this idea in 1 Corinthians 9:24: “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” This type of devotion will always lead to greatness for any believer.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])