Seeking, or Struggling?
The Olympic games this week should
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In the New Testament the Apostle Paul likens the race that we as Christians must run to the struggle the Olympic athletes of his time had to endure to compete in the games:
Everyone who contends exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we, an incorruptible.
— 1 Corinthians 9:25
The Lord Himself uses the same Greek word to warn us that we must not only “seek,” but “struggle,” to enter into His Kingdom:
Struggle [“Contend”] to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
— Luke 13:24
Clearly these verses are not speaking of eternal salvation, for we receive that, not by effort, but through simple faith (John 5:24). Rather, they are dealing with the question of whether or not we will reign with the Lord in His 1,000-year millennial kingdom (Rev. 20:4-6).
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— 5 August 2021 —