Run The Race Set Before You
- Sermon By: Michele Lawrence
GOD IS LOOKING FOR OLYMPIANS, NOT OPPORTUNIST
To drive this home I’m going to talk about a few Olympians. You’ve heard of Jesse Owens the first African American to win 4 Gold Medals during the 1936 Olympics. He went to Berlin to represent a country that treated him like a third class citizen. He went to participate in the Olympics that most white Americans wanted to boycott because of the horror Hitler was imposing on the jews and most blacks said it would be hypocritical to support the oppression abroad that they were enduring at home. But despite what others said or thought Jesse understood his gifts and stayed locked into his assignment. His gift had made room bringing him into an international arena, where his talent and skills were the great equalizer. Jesse said “ We all have dreams, but in order to make them a reality , it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline and effort. ” He went on to set the world record in the long jump, taking first place in the 100 and 400 meter as well as helping the team take first place in the relays. As mentioned earlier, bringing home four gold medals.
Wilma Rudolph the first African American Woman to set a world record at the 1956 Olympics. Who said “ the triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”
Florence Griffith Joyner aka Flo Jo was declared the fastest woman of all times after winning the 100 and 200 meter during the 1988 Olympics. This record still stands today.
Many want the medals and the glory but few have the mental capacity or the grit to emerge as a champion of champions.
God is looking for those who’ve been cast down but not destroyed, thrown in the fire but refused to bow, rejected by the masses but obedient to His will. Who will run there race even if the whole world is against them knowing that He is for them. God is looking for Olympians not opportunist.