Friday, August 12, 2016

Olympic Witnesses

We both know that our identity is in Christ, and we’re thankful for this opportunity to be able to dive . . . It’s been an absolutely thrilling moment for us. . . . If something went great, I was happy. If something didn’t go great, I could still find joy . . . God’s given us a cool opportunity, and I’m glad I could come away with an Olympic silver medal in my first-ever event.
~David Boudia and Steele Johnson (silver medalists in synchronized diving)

Isn’t it encouraging when world-class athletes on a world-wide stage glorify and enjoy the Lord? Do you suppose Jesus grinned when they boldly and profoundly claimed that their identities were in Him, not in swimming or medaling? (I’d imagine He thought: “Well done, boys.”)

Long ago two other young men faced judges very different from those found at Olympic Games. Their cruel judges threatened them with torture and even death if they ever again spoke of Jesus Christ. But Peter and John answered the Sanhedrin,

Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard (Acts 4:19-20).

Oh, how this must have thrilled the heart of God!

Now, this may surprise you but I have something in common with these Olympians and Apostles—and so do you: Jesus calls and enables us to be His witnesses.

When it comes to witnessing we tend to think in terms of doing, not being. That is, we often think of witnessing as something we do from time-to-time. But Jesus calls us to not only do but also to be.

We are to be witnesses.

This means we are to consistently think, speak, and act according to His Way. Like the Olympians said, it’s not just something we do, it’s who we are.

There’s no one I’d rather be. How about you?

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