It’s magnificent to see a winner

Who has sacrificed so much,

And who’s trained in order to excel

With determination as such.

They do it to obtain a medal

And certainly aim for gold,

With a wonderful team approach

And with a zeal to behold!

Yet how much more precious

Is it to obtain an actual crown,

That is imperishable for eternity

Where righteousness abounds.

Because when we aim for gold

We look to Jesus Christ;

Who paved the way to eternal life

Whose path is filled with light.

When we fight

We don’t throw punches in the air,

But instead pray earnestly

Trusting in God’s strength and care.

Because the fight is in the spirit realm

Against powers and principalities,

And not against flesh and blood;

It’s a battle we cannot see.

When we run the race

It is so we overcome,

All trials and temptations

Where our hurdles become none.

The relay is imperative

As we pass on the Lord’s banner, 

With diligence and passion

And in a worthwhile manner.

As we dive in deep waters

And walk through fiery trials,

The Lord will be amongst us

So we go the extra mile.

All glory to the risen One

So special in God’s sight,

With the winning streak who sacrificed

His dear precious life.

(C) P.B. 2021

“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”  1 Corinthians 9:24-25

“Therefore, I run thus: not with uncertainty.  Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”  1 Corinthians 9:26-27

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”  2 Timothy 2:4-5

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  1 Timothy 6:12

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:12-13

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”  2 Timothy 4:7-8

“That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:7

“And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”  Revelation 21:21

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise…”  Ephesians 1:13