Daily Topic for April 01, 2012
Eric understood that everyone has a gift from God which should be used to glorify Him. It was athletic ability for Eric that gave him a platform to glorify the Lord. To others, it might be serving others, praying for others, or something else. What gift has God given you that you can give back to Him?
Pray that each of us will understand that whatever we do well is not for our glory, but for His kingdom.
Eric Liddell was born in China in 1902, the son of devout missionaries. He was not accustomed to having things easy. When his parents went back to China after a furlough in Scotland, he and his just-older brother were left behind in boarding school. He was only seven, and he often cried himself to sleep. It was five years before he saw his parents again. But somehow, even at that distance, they had instilled in Eric a deep love for China and an unswerving devotion to God, no matter what the cost.
At boarding school near London, Eric and his older brother Rob excelled in sports, learning sportsmanship and teamwork from the game of rugby. In 1921, now at Edinburgh University, Eric Liddell began to make his mark in athletics. His road to the Olympics had begun. The Glasgow Herald wrote, “Eric H. Liddell‘s success has been phenomenal…. Unknown four months ago, he today stands in the forecourt of British sprinters.”
It would have seemed natural for Eric to be proud of his success. But whenever someone inquired about the source of his prowess, he said, “Why it’s the three sevens, ….the seventh book of the New Testament, seventh chapter, seventh verse: ‘But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that’”(KJV).
Pray that God will give humility and sportsmanship to Christian athletes as they compete in London’s Olympics this summer.