2 Timothy 4:7—“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.
PASS THE BATON, DON’T DROP IT, FOR GOD WILL GIVE YOU GRACE IN THIS PLACE TO MAKE A SPACE, SO LET US ACE THE RACE AND DELIVER BY HIS GRACE. PASS THE BATON, DON’T DROP IT! DON’T DROP IT! Welcome to the 4×100 relay race of Christian effort.
Paul’s admonition to Timothy was rooted in the context of the Grecian Isthmian games, the forerunner of the modern Olympics. Thousands attended. The games included wrestling, boxing and races and there was only one winner per category. Paul uses the moment to draw a metaphorical comparison to the energy and effort expended. While Paul may not have witnessed the races, run in full naked fashion, he uses the events metaphorically to describe the life of consistent effort and faith, a race by His grace, held in space and place as both a fight and a race. The words keep coming back now like a plaintiff tune in the early morning air–“pass the baton, don’t drop it, for God will give you grace in this place to make a space, so let us ace the race and deliver by His grace. Pass the baton, don’t drop it, don’t drop it, and don’t drop it.
This collaborate imperative rests with each of us. Often, we are prone to build the race around ourselves, but in this case, it is the race and not the runner that is to be remembered. God has called us to a race, to a ministry, for the games don’t simply end with one race. So let the games continue. Olympiad 2021 is here this summer, held in Tokyo, Japan. Never give up, Jesus is coming, for our fight is not in vain. https://youtu.be/VayasP7Blhw
Pass the baton, don’t drop it. Welcome to the 4×100 relay race of Christian effort.