20th August 2019

Perishable Crown

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
1 Corinthians 9:25 (NKJV)

This was a year with many sporting activities and cup finals. Millions of people watched the Cricket World Cup both of men and women. There was women’s world cup football and netball. There were rugby, golf, athletics, Tour de France, formula 1 racing, horse racing and Wimbledon tennis, to name a few, catering for the crave for leisure and entertainment. Collectively, millions of hours are spent in seeking temporary pleasures while trying to escape the harsh realities of life. No wonder we read in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 that in the last days people would be lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.

I would like to draw attention to the Wimbledon tennis final between Djokovic and Federer, which was a grueling marathon duel lasting 4 hours and 57 minutes, a record-breaking length event. Both were physically fit, with sweat pouring out, their eyes on the ball, and hearts fixed on the trophy while fighting for every point—exhibiting tennis skill, stroke for stoke, drop shots, volleys and lobs, with no one quitting, till the last winning point. It was a well-earned victory for Djokovic. However, the Apostle Paul referred to this trophy as a perishable crown in the header scripture.

There is a lesson for us in that we are in a ferocious unmitigated marathon battle against Satan. But our battle is for an imperishable crown, which is assured through Christ our Saviour, who has overcome the Devil. In the days of our Saviour’s flesh, through much crying and tears and supplications, he was made perfect and became the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 5:7-9). We are to be equipped with the armour of God described in Ephesians 6:10-18, to face our enemy the Devil, because we are living in perilous times. The world is geared for temporary pleasures of life rather than seeking the everlasting pleasures in the presence of God mentioned in Psalm 16:11.

We are on the team of Jesus. In Him our victory is guaranteed. Paul wrote with confidence in 2 Timothy 4:8, “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” We are fighting for an imperishable crown of everlasting glory.

The dust has settled at Wimbledon till next year, but our marathon duel with Satan continues, lasting for life, till our last breath. But our ultimate Trophy, the crown of Righteousness, is secured in Christ Jesus, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Praise be to God Almighty.

Prayer
Father in heaven, we thank You for the victory against our enemy, the Devil, through our Saviour, who Himself had to fight against the Devil when He was in the flesh with vehement cries and tears and supplications, and was heard by You. I love You and praise You in Jesus’ name.

Amen
Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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