Willie Wilson, Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk

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The Apostle Paul said to the Philippians ... ‘‘I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14)

The Torch is on its way, the athletes are training hard, the spectators are eagerly anticipating.

I am of course talking about the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Events such as this draw huge crowds and the Apostle Paul in his many journeys also attracted huge crowds, often hostile.

But that did not put him off; instead he pressed on to fulfil his call to serve his Lord.

Why did he do this and why should we also display such enthusiasm and commitment?

Firstly, just as an athlete needs to be in the race with determination to win, Paul is encouraging the Christian runner to press on with spiritual determination and realise that God must work in him if he is to win the race.

Secondly, the prize is spectacular, it is everlasting, but is only awarded to those who put their personal trust in Jesus Christ. So consider your goal, is it to win that prize, and have Jesus run the race of life with you now and into eternity?