The 2014 Winter Olympics just concluded with its closing ceremony. I didn’t watch the ceremony, nor very much of the Olympics as a whole. I did however watch Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper of the United States go 1-2-3 in the Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle Event. To be perfectly frank, I didn’t even know that the event existed.
As great as the event was, it was even better to see the three Americans receive their respective medals and hear our national anthem being played. It’s one of those moments that I am sure sent chills up and down their collective spines (along with mine). I love that moment. I call it the Olympic Gold moment.
One of my favorite movies is ‘Miracle’, which tells the story of the 1980 American amateur hockey team defeating the seeming invincible Soviets and then going on to win the gold against Finland. The victory is known as Miracle on Ice and was voted the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when the team receives their gold medals. The captain of the team, Mike Eruzione, invites the entire team onto the podium and they rejoice together.
For everyone who has confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior, there will be an Olympic Gold Moment. It will come as a culmination of life here on earth regardless of achievements. The only requirement is to finish the race for Jesus.
Paul referred to it in 2 Timothy 4:6-8. He wrote, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 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; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Paul calls our gold “the crown of righteousness”. And we will not be alone when we receive it. There will be with “all who have loved His appearing”.
I will never experience receiving an Olympic Gold Medal, except vicariously through other Americans. But, I will experience, someday, receiving a crown far more precious and very eternal. And, according to Paul, the one who will be awarding the crown will be none other than the Lord Himself.
Will you be experiencing that moment also? Have you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and asked Him to be your Risen Lord and Savior?
Something to think and pray about …