Sunday, August 10, 2008

Opening Ceremonies

Did you guys see the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics? They were pretty spectacular, right? Right now, the world seems focused on Beijing as we look forward to celebrating the physical achievements of the best athletes this world has to offer.

It made me wonder what Opening Ceremonies might look like in heaven. We could all watch as the one true Light of the World travels the globe and illuminates the hearts of man. We could all cheer to watch God recognize and acknowledge the ways in which we followed Him and served our neighbors in a way worth celebrating. We would be crowned with beauty, the oil of gladness and a garment of praise. (Isaiah 61:3)

We won’t see a spiritual Olympic Games here on earth. And frankly, we’re not in competition with anything besides our own sinful nature and the temptations of this fallen world. But just imagine, being in the presence of God, knowing that our closeness to Him is eternal…

Shinier than any gold metal, right?

1 Corinthians 9:25: Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.


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