Messages from Young Adults

Day 2: Relay Team Rack, Shack, Benny and …..

The Jamaicans have done it again.
It is one thing to run a race solo.
It is a different ball game to run as a team.
One weak link and the whole strategy falls apart.
One failed pass and the whole team gets disqualified.
The anchor can fulfill or destroy the dream with each stride taken.

Earlier in this series we looked at

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Belteshazzar. 

Today we take a closer look.
Belteshazzar was missing in action (MIA) and the Bible is silent as to why. So when the king called together everyone to participate in his vanity affair, only Rack, Shack and Benny had to stand and explain themselves. In Daniel chapter 3, we see three men stand up for their beliefs regardless of the consequences. Their response is

 “…If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Their response wasn’t conditional on God’s reaction. They were willing to die for what they believed in. They ran their leg of the race to the fullest. But 3 quarters does not make a whole.

After being thrown in the fire, King Nebu looks in and says

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

The three guys ran their part of the race but only Jesus could finish it. They put in all of their strength and energy but only God could complete it. Just like these three men, without Jesus our race is incomplete. Jesus is the only anchor that can finish our race. For some of us, the reason why Jesus is absent in our race is because we have barely run our own leg of the race, content to watch from the sidelines, for others we have allowed the evil one to prevent us from even lacing up. Running the race comes by practice. As long as we neglect to continually exercise through reading His word and praying, we will never be fit enough  to run our lap. So the next time you feel the urge to take a break or watch from the sidelines remember that …..

 

An Olympian is one who puts in their best and let’s God do the rest
An Olympian is one who realizes that Jesus is the only Anchor that can complete the race

An Olympian is one who doesn’t weigh their choices by God’s presents but by his presence

Rack, Shack and Benny are Olympians