The Greatest Spectacle in Life
I LOVE THE MONTH OF MAY! Growing up in Indianapolis I looked forward each year to the Indianapolis 500 and all of the festivities surrounding the event. One of my high school teachers, Mr. John Mackenzie, was an avid race fan and the “official keeper” of the Borg Warner Trophy. We were fortunate enough to have the trophy on display at the school during the month of May each year. When I was very young, I can remember riding around in the convertible pace car provided to my dad by the Indianapolis television station he managed at the time. And, each year on race day, the whole family would draw drivers’ names from a hat in hopes of winning the family trophy for that year. We were glued to the radio on race day especially for all the pre-race ceremonies. The Indianapolis 500 is truly the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”!
Have you ever thought of your life as a “spectacle”? Paul did. In 1 Corinthians 4:9 he exclaims, “For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.” Yes, Paul’s life as a martyr was certainly impressive! But, Jesus’ life is truly the Greatest Spectacle! Like Paul, we can model our lives after the life of Christ. Hebrews 12:1 says, “…and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
May your life be a spectacle for God! May you persevere in this race, and may you fix your eyes on Jesus…the ultimate prize!
Yours in Christ,