The Christian Connection
Going For The Gold?
By Myra F. Smith
Bible Verse: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (Matthew 6:19)
The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team lined up in Sochi to receive their medals. They were great athletes, hoping to take it all at the Winter Olympics. The cameras panned their faces. Each player had tears in her eyes. Why the tears? The tears were for the silver; they were going for the gold.
Have you faced adversity, loss, disappointment, illness, financial stress, and the rest, always striving for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? The disciples wanted it, too. On the way to Capernaum, Jesus overheard them argue about which of them He considered to be the “greatest”. Jesus’ answer to them was, “Whoever wants to be the most important must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Are you kidding me, Jesus? I didn’t sign up for this to come in last! I want to be first!
If our goal is to become more like Jesus, we must step away from the podium, throw off our cloak of self-righteousness, and GO OUT INTO THE WORLD, HEALING, TEACHING, FEEDING, CLOTHING, AND MINISTERING TO GOD’S CHILDREN.
Some medals are round in shape and made of gold. Some medals are shaped like a cross and made of wood. And the irony is: When you are a member of Team Jesus, you stop racing for the gold and begin racing for God.