Eric Liddell was born January 16, 1902 in China to Scottish missionary parents. He attended boarding school near London and competed for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris, France. Though Liddell had the fastest time recorded in the 100 that year, he elected not to compete in the event because of his religious convictions. The preliminaries were to be run on a Sunday and he was determined not to violate the Sabbath. Instead he chose to train for the 400 and won the race by breaking the world record. The following year, Liddell went to China as a missionary and served there for twenty years sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ until his death in a Japanese internment camp on February 21, 1945 at the age of 43. His story was popularized by the 1981 Oscar-winning film, Chariots of Fire. Listen to Liddell’s famous quote:
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure.”
You may never feel the thrill of running in the Olympics or winning a gold medal, but you can know something even better. If you will learn to pursue God, to run after Him, you can know and experience an incomparable joy in your relationship with Him. You can become a world-class disciple! Let’s open the Word of God and read together 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.