Lessons We Can Learn From the Olympic Athlete

“Do you not know…?” (1 Cor 9:19-27)

When Paul wrote those words to the Christians in Corinth, he assumed that they all could understand the metaphor. It was a particularly appropriate metaphor in a letter to Corinth, which was the location of the biennial Isthmian Games--at that time second in fame only to the Olympic Games, which had been taking place in Greece every four years since 776 B.C.

Everyone knew about the games, so Paul didn’t have to explain them. Everybody was aware of the games then, so Paul used those games to draw the attention of Christians to a greater reality.
Following the same train of thought, what can we learn from the Olympic athlete?

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