What satisfies your soul?
The movie “Chariots of Fire” tells the story of two young men who both loved to run, but who were both running for two very different purposes. On one hand, you had Harold Abrahams who was running for the glory of the gold. Nothing could deter him from that. On the other hand, you had Eric Liddell, a devout Christian who refused to run on Sunday because of his Christian convictions. However, this story, and the heart of these two men is far deeper than a question of simply whether or not they should compete on a Sunday. Instead, the larger question was what could ultimately satisfy their souls? For Abrahams, no amount of gold medals would ever do that. For Liddell, he was satisfied in Jesus whether he won the gold or not. And this made all the difference in the end.
As we will discuss Sunday, Sabbath is a declaration of freedom. When we can learn to rest in the work that has already been accomplished for us, only then can we find true and ultimate satisfaction in what we do. Stop resting on who you are and what you accomplish, and rest in what God has done for you in Christ.
Eric Liddell would go on to win Olympic gold, in improbable fashion in 1924, but what few actually know about him is that his true passion was for the people of China. He is oft-quoted as having said, “God made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.” Well, God did make him fast, but those were not his words. They were written for the movie and put to his voice. However, he did often say, “God made me for China,” and that was his greatest investment. Having been born in China to missionary parents, he had a desire to carry the gospel to this nation that he loved. He died of a brain tumor as a missionary in China at the end of WW II. For Liddell, running was an addendum to his life, but not his reason for living it.