We hear of a culture of cheating to win. If we are honest, we know that every country does whatever it takes to be in the medals. I compare this to the shift in Christian organizations to be more concerned about numbers than preaching truth. The victory is not given to those who are admired by mankind or have the largest following. The crown is given to the faithful few.
Are we preparing for the future witnessing of Christ? Have we been faithful with the responsibility entrusted to us by Jesus?
Paul expresses the need to teach others who will be able to teach. He further asks that those who teach must not give into social pressure but remain faithful, enduring any suffering. We are to be like soldiers standing our ground and persevering all manner of opposition. We are to be like athletes who train and keep the rules lest we be disqualified.
No soldier determines his own objective but does what he is commanded, and no athlete makes his own rules. We have been commanded by Christ. To receive the crown and share in the harvest we must prepare future generation to follow in like manner.
Paul writes in 2Timothy 2:1-7:
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
As Red Green would say, ”keep your stick on the ice, we’re all in this together.”