Run Your Race
RUN YOUR RACE
Eric Liddell and the track were meant for each other.
He was fast. Real fast.
Years of training had brought him as a British athlete to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris to run the 100 meters. He was built for this moment. The movie “Chariots of Fire” depicts this moment in his life.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
But a major setback fell upon this strong follower of Jesus. The 100 meter race was set for a Sunday – the Sabbath – and Liddell refused to run and honor God instead. He received immense criticism but in his heart, God’s laws were above man’s applause. His convictions above national pride were the headlines all across the world.
And then God broke through to reveal Eric’s purpose and to bring glory to God.
A teammate agreed to give Liddell his spot in the 400 meter race on the following Thursday. He graciously accepted.
His workmanship was about to be revealed.
In the race of his life, Liddell won the gold medal for Britain. Liddell said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. When I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Men- God has created you for His purpose. To bring honor and glory to him. To worship him. To do those things that he has prepared for you to do.
Fulfill your purpose. Run your race. Feel his pleasure.