Finishing Your CourseTo observers, Eric Liddell clearly was an outstanding athlete. He was born on this day in 1902 in China, where his parents were missionaries. When he...
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 NASB
To observers, Eric Liddell clearly was an outstanding athlete. He was born on this day in 1902 in China, where his parents were missionaries. When he was five, his family returned to their native Scotland, where he competed in countless contests, consistently winning. His skills were so extraordinary that he was named to the Olympic team in 1924. Many expected him to contend for a medal.
His plans changed when the preliminary races for his best event in those Olympics were scheduled for Sunday, July 6. This day presented no complications for most athletes. Even those with strong Christian commitments might have been willing to race on Sunday in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
But Liddell would not compromise. So while others competed in a race for which he had trained his whole life, Liddell was preaching in a Paris church.
He was able to compete in other events, winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter sprint and the gold in the 400-meter race. But his testimony has endured and provided a powerful example.
In 1924, Liddell returned to China, where he devoted his life to missionary work. He had the right priorities and made his life count for God.
Today, think about your priorities. What are you doing with your time, talent, and treasure? Is your focus on earthly rewards? Or are you focusing on God’s Kingdom?
Do not compromise. Make a total commitment to God. Make your life count for eternity.
PrayerFather, help me to have the right priorities. I dedicate my life and everything I have to You. Use me to impact lives for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended Reading2 Timothy 4