Last week’s blog post gave you a detailed description on how to host an Olympic Youth Event. This week is your FREE devotional to use for the event. It links the Olympics with the Gospel. Hope your event brings students to Christ!
Something very special happens every 2 years…what is it? THE OLYMPICS!
When you think of famous Olympians, there are some names that come to mind right away… Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, or Mary Lou Retton.
What about Derek Redmond? Let me just tell you his story, and I think you will remember him.
He held the British record for the 400m at age 19. He made it to the Olympics in 1988, but had to withdraw due to an Achilles injury.
In the course of the next 4 years, he had 5 surgeries and trained to become a favorite for the 400 meters in the 1992 Olympic games.
On that day in Barcelona, he stepped on that starting line wanting desperately to finish with a medal around his neck. The starting pistol goes off, and the race is going great. Derek is leading the pack as he passes the halfway mark, and suddenly he hears a pop that sounded like a gunshot. His leg begins to shake, and he realizes he has tore his hamstring.
Some of you are getting the picture in your mind right now…Derek’s dad is watching in the stands. He sees his son hurt from the top of the stadium. He rushes down through the 65,000 people packed in that stadium. He yells at the security guards as he races past them “That’s my son, and I need to help him”
You see, before that race, Derek made a promise to his dad that he was going to finish that race no matter what. And his dad came onto the track, put his sons arm around him and together, father and son, they finish the race together in front of a roaring crowd.
What a powerful story, but is nothing compared to what I am about to tell you.
You see each one of us in this room is like Derek. We try to run this life of ours and do our best, but in the end we will come up short.
Romans 3:23 – “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” What that means is we all have made mistakes and we come short of heaven.
But just like that day on the track, we have a loving Father that wants us to finish. As Derek’s dad came down from the stands, our Father in heaven, sent His Son down to this earth to suffer for us. He died to pay the penalty for our sins.
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
That day on the track Derek’s dad said to him – I’m here, son,” Jim says softly, hugging his boy. “We’ll finish together.”
God is saying that to you today. I am here for you, I died for you, and I love you. Believe & trust in me today, and we will spend eternity in heaven together. Will you make that decision today? Pray to God & trust Him today.
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