With the Olympics starting this week, I thought you would like to know that I have been asked to carry the torch. Seriously. Oh, not by the Olympic Committee, though that would be pretty sweet. No, I've been asked to carry to torch of faith. And the invitation comes from God. He mentions numerous times in scripture to be the light unto the world.
Are you torchbearer material? Are you able to "represent" the faith well? Most of the Olympic torchbearers are former participants, or those who have made a difference and inspired someone to nominate them. I suspect they also select those who can be trusted to keep the light burning. After all, what happens if the person trips along a river, tumbles into the water, and the torch goes out? "Oops" really wouldn't suffice."
Likewise, the torch God asks us to carry is a sacred trust. It's not to be taken lightly. To look back and consider the people God has entrusted to carry His light into a dark world, we can't help but be awestruck. And we most likely feel small compared to them.
Many Olympians in London, no doubt, were told they weren't good enough, strong enough, talented enough. But did they quit? No, they persevered. The took the naysayers' challenge and used it as a motivation to succeed.
As disciples, we can't be stopped by those who say we aren't good enough. We can smirk at those who say we will fail. Why? Because we are arrogant or pompous? No. We can continue and succeed as God's torchbearers as we claim for ourselves, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13).
You see, we do not strive and succeed on our own merits and abilities, but those of the Lord. He is our Provider, our Sustainer, our reason for going on.
So carry the torch high and let it shine bright my friends. Live a life worthy of a gold medal.