Passing the Baton

Olympic games are a great entertaining sport to watch. Anyone who has seen the challenges that take place in them will know, it is very strenuous. There are two most recognizeable parts of the Olympics. The burning Torch and the passing of the baton.

 

It is a joyous occasion for one runner to pass the baton off to the next runner. But every runner knows that the race isn’t over until you cross the finish line. So why do we try to give up (or just as often, give IN) so much? Hmmm. We can’t pass off the baton that way. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul is “passing the baton” to Timothy. He encourages him by letting him know, no, it wasn’t always easy. “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering…” (2 Tim. 4:6) But he insisted that Timothy keep his eye on the prize. “There is in store for me the crown of righteousness…” (2 Timothy 4:7)

So you might be wondering why there is so much emphasis on holding out. Why? Because our brothers and sisters are desparately in need of being reminded that what this world offers us and any persecution that we face will not last forever. It will end. So we must run hard to ensure that those who we hand the baton to are ready to run the next part.

 Have you ever played Ms. Pac-Man? When you find that one of the Pac-man’s are coming for you, you frantically rush to get as many more orbs as you can before time runs out. Should not the Christian be just as enthusiastic about winning souls for Christ? Part of passing the baton off comes with having a confidence in your partner. Runners know that the person they pass the baton to has had all the necessary training and is ready to go forth. When sharing the Gospel with an unbeliever, we must make sure that they understand just what Christ did for them. Knowing Him PERSONALLY and not just as a common household name. But we should also be EQUALLY as energetic about encouraging those already saved for holding out.

“THE RACE ISN’T OVER UNTIL YOU CROSS THE FINISH LINE.”

Encouragement is a significant part of the Christians job too. You see, if we don’t build one another up, we risk falling behind. Paul lets Timothy know this. He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (2 Timothy 4:16) So we see that Paul taught Timothy but he also encouraged him. A common motto of soldiers in war is, “No man left behind.”

 Often times, we get so caught up in getting others to Christ that we may forget that our brothers and sisters need some comfort and prayers and encouragement sometimes too. But we must understand that as Olympians, passing the baton only comes about because we completed our segment of the race. Olympians don’t pass it off because they just gave up. Not because they trained for so many days and weeks and now they just don’t want to do it anymore. 

So what about that Torch? The Torch in the Olympics is a never dying torch. It’s light is never supposed to go out. Paul showed Timothy that we must keep the torch burning for Christ! The torch is the light that we have inside of us. It can often times become so dimmed and darkened by our actions that our words have little to no effect. But Paul tells Timothy the light of Christ is a torch worth carrying and this is a race well worth running. And I certainly want to cross the finish line, but what kind of baton will I pass off? Will I pass it off because I quit? Hardly. I want the baton I pass off to be one in which I can look back and say (as Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7) “I have fought the good fight. I have FINISHED the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness…” So stay encouraged!!

TO THE KING!!

-Claire

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11 Responses to Passing the Baton

  1. Tristan says:

    The whole time I was reading this, I kept hearing maruette brown clark’s song It Ain’t Over, until God says it’s over. It ain’t over until God says its done. It ain’t over until God says it’s over. Keep fighting until your victory is won.
    What a blessing you are for the kingdom young lady. I am going to share this with my neice.

  2. Mom Dukes says:

    The training Paul speaks of in His epistles is done through our daily acknowledgement of Christ being the center of our lives. We make that known by our actions, our words, and, as you’ve stated in one of your earlier blogs Claire, by actions and words we don’t say and do. This training is necessary, as any soldier must be the best he can be, to win the battles that come his or her way. It’s like a believer’s bootcamp; the Lord strips us down to nothing then lovingly molds us according to His plans for our lives.

    Because of our free will, we tend to make that transformation difficult, wanting to do things our way, wanting God to get on board with our plans. But our Father, being the loving Parent He is, does not give up on us, or throw in the towel, or regret creating us in his image and likeness. He is longsuffering… His love for this world in the state its presently in dictates that fact. If the Lord won’t give up on us, we have no right to even consider it… With… God, …it’s… all…. or….. nothing. You’re a blessing, Claire!

    • boldandfab says:

      I like this. Never failing to remember that what we DON’T say or do counts just as much as what we DO say and do. …”With…God,…it’s…all…or…nothing.” Thank you so much!

  3. HANK LLOYD says:

    Accepting the Baton:
    God has saved you and has a special plan for your life. The plan of Salvation is that someone prayed for you, and told you that Jesus loves you and wanted to save you so that you can have eternal life. Jesus came into your heart and changed you into a new creation. Now that you are a child of God, your desires have changed and you want to serve God with all your heart.
    Someone obeyed Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to go and preach the Gospel to you. The cross came into your life and you were saved. The word, “Go” and the cross, a “t”, form the word, “Got” and that’s what Jesus did. He “Got” you when He changed your life,and now you belong to God!

    Passing the Baton:
    Jesus also wants you to obey His commission and “Go”. To do this you need to accept the baton that Jesus holds out to you. His plan for your life includes telling your friends about Jesus. He also wants you to pray for them, so that God’s Holy Spirit can draw them until they surrender their lives to Jesus.
    And then you will have passed the baton onto someone else, and Heaven and the angels will rejoice as a new name is written down in Glory!

  4. iNDIGO says:

    Wow man. the B&F ladies are really on fire w/ these blogs the last couple weeks. This is my NEW fav of yours!!! This blog is spectacular on every level. You broke it all the way down sis. I appreciate your analogy (you do that VERY WELL btw) and receive it wholeheartedly. We can never win a race that we aren’t running. We can’t be saved living vicariously through the saved. We can’t do anything w/o Christ. Thank you for your word.

  5. Monisha S. Carter says:

    Sis all I can say is AMEN!!! You are SUCH a blessing(THRU CHRIST) You make me MORE & MORE thankful that God blessed me w/ YOU as MY sister….Over the past 6 months I have TRULY realized how IMPORTANT it is to ENCOURAGE EVERYONE & not keep this AMAZING GIFT called salvation ALL 2 MYSELF!!! Keep running your race sis in Jesus Name(OF COURSE) & TRUST you WILL SURELY receive your PRIZE…ETERNITY!!! Love you Baby(Big) Sis;-) Smooches…

    MDOT…..

  6. Campus Security(Dad) says:

    Claire I am encouraged by your blogg, and pray God will continue to show you the need for Him and His word. We are in a spiritual race and their are many who would love to see us fall, but by God’s Grace we and our focus on Him, will make it to the end . The race is not given to the swift or the strong but to him who endures. AMEN! I LOVE YOU.

  7. boldandfab says:

    Thank you! We can’t fall, but must know that even if we do, we get back up and finish this race out. I love you too, Dad!

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