With the Olympics starting soon we are seeing more people using their platform of abilities to point to Christ. I think that is good. I think it is appropriate for an athlete, or artist, or recognized person to speak about their Savior as they have that opportunity (and tact). We are told to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…but with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
But I can assure you that I won’t be standing on an award podium, or interviewed on television, any time soon for winning a race.
The world can look at those shining athletes and guess. But me? “Why did He pick you?” they will think.
– Not because of any secret talents yet to be revealed.
– Not because of something unique in me.
– Not because He needed something I have.
– Not because I was worth it.
His choice says very little about me, but it shouts volumes about Him.
I look forward to watching the Olympics and seeing individuals excel. I look forward to individuals being consistent with their faith in that arena. But my platform for speaking of my Savior is not a medalist podium. My platform is the utter absence of goodness in me overwhelmed by His incredible grace.