Do you watch the summer Olympics when they come around? Most people I know love to watch the diving, swimming, or gymnastics competitions, and I do as well, but there’s just something about those marathon races that intrigues me. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t imagine pushing my body to that extreme and so I’m fascinated by those who not only imagine it, but actually do it. As in any race, the end is what you’re waiting to see. There have been some marathons I’ve seen where the winner crosses the finish line and there is no other competitor even relatively close by. But then there are those marathons where the runner in first place has his legs give out involuntarily as he nears the finish line so that the runners who are only a couple hundred feet behind him turn up the speed as he desperately tries to get back on his feet for the win. The latter makes for an exciting race, and in terms of entertainment value, it’s what we’d all prefer, but this not the kind of scenario we should desire when it comes to the condition of our hearts before God.
We all know that God should be the one we love and enjoy before all others because he made us and he saved us through the blood of his only Son, but God shouldn’t just get first place in our hearts. Listen to what Psalm 97:9 says, “For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.” If God is far above all gods, then when it comes to our allegiance and worship, there should be no close second. Because of God’s greatness, our passion for him should far exceed our passion for our jobs, our hobbies, and even our families. Church, don’t be content to allow God to take the win in your hearts by just a hair. What are you doing to stimulate a love for God that reflects the reality that his greatness is far beyond all others?