Your Own Oath

An oath is a solemn pledge to speak the truth, or to keep a promise.

Part of the Olympic Oath includes, “The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle…Not to have conquered but to have fought well.” In the summary statement regarding his life Paul indicated he had a living oath. He wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (II Timothy 4:7)

The terms do not speak of winning, but that he fought and finished. He struggled. All of us have struggles. Jesus warned “in this world you will have tribulation.” Like Paul we should struggle for a worthy cause. He said, “I have fought the good fight.” The statement stresses having fought a fight worth fighting, the good fight, and fought it well. He chose his cause.

Bumper stickers reveal the causes people consider worthy of their life.

Marathon runners know not all can win, but there is honor and valor in running the race. You may not get accolades for “winning” life’s race for Jesus, but be sure you are faithful and complete what you have begun.

When you accepted Jesus as Savior, He made a commitment to you. He committed Himself to forgiving your sins, to be your constant companion through life, and to receive you unto Himself in your heavenly home.

In coming to Jesus you, too, made a commitment to Him. In summary it was to give yourself to Him, to trust Him and serve Him. That means you are to keep your focus on Him and strive to please Him. Renew your faith contract today.

John Stephen Akawari represented his home country of Tanzania as a marathon runner in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It was late at night and most spectators had left the stadium. Over an hour after Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia won the race, Akawari entered the stadium as an exhausted, bloody, limping competitor. There had been jockeying for position between some runners and he was hit. He fell badly wounding his knee and dislocating that joint plus his shoulder hit hard against the pavement causing great pain. 

As he finally crossed the finish line a cheer came from the small crowd. When interviewed later and asked why he continued running, he said, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.” He did not triumph, but he did struggle with honor and finish the race in keeping with the Olympic Oath.

Jesus saved you expecting you in response to finish life’s race. Athletes often experience what is called getting a second wind. It is a time of renewed commitment and energy for the race. May today be a second wind day in your life’s struggle.