Four Hundredths of a Second

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV


It’s funny because I wouldn’t expect God to speak to me through the Olympics, but surprisingly, He did.  I’m not much of a sports fan, but when it comes to the Olympics, I enjoy watching with my family and “rooting” for the USA participants together.

So, we were excitedly watching “Women’s Skeleton” with USA Noelle Pikus-Pace as our number one choice and fellow American Katie Uhlaender as our second pick.  However, as it turned out, Pikus-Pace won silver but Uhlaender finished in fourth place – barely missing the podium by 0.04 seconds.  After the races concluded, I watched as an interviewer questioned Uhlaender who began tearing up, shocked she lost by a mere 0.04 seconds.

But that made me stop to think: four hundredths of a second.  I can’t even say a single word in that short amount of time.  Yet, here are hundreds of athletes pouring their lives into training and preparing for this championship just to beat others by a difference of less than a second.  Many of them will go home from these Olympics empty-handed, heartbroken, and devastated they lost by such a slim difference in time.  For some, they’ve wasted their lives trying to get a medal and, sadly, regardless of all their exercising and prepping, they didn’t earn one.

Through these Olympics, God pointed out to me very clearly how important it is for us to live for eternity.  As Christians, we aren’t to live for the here and now, but rather, for what is to come in eternity.  We could choose to live for our own pleasures and desires, but if we do, we’re living for the four hundredths of a second.  And let me tell you friends, this four hundredths of a second will go by in a blink of an eye compared to life in eternity.

Hebrews 11:24-26a states this: By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt…

It’s easy to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” – or in this example, live life for the fractions of a second.  Many of us prefer to live for our own glory, for our own benefit, for our own fame, for our own desires – but that’s living for mere split seconds.  In light of eternity, those things don’t matter because they fade away in light of Christ and the great things He has accomplished.

Instead of living for our own glory, God asks us to live for His.  Instead of living for our own benefit, He wants us to live for the benefit of others around us.  Instead of for our own fame, for the fame of His majestic Name.  And instead of for our own desires, for the desires of the Great and Mighty One.  When we do, He doesn’t guarantee an easy life, happiness beyond compare, or gold medals (in fact, He actually guarantees suffering and trials[1]), but He does promise us fulfillment in Christ.  And though it doesn’t sound as grand as gold medals, truly, truly, the reproach of Christ is greater riches than all the medals or wealth in the world.

[1] See Psalm 66:10-12; Proverbs 17:3; Isaiah 48:10; Zechariah 13:9; Matthew 5:10-12; Matthew 24:9; Mark 13:9, 13; Luke 21:12, 17; John 15:18-20; John 16:33; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4, 12; 1 Peter 1:6-7; 1 Peter 4:12-16; 1 John 3:13; Revelation 2:10

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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