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"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."

Innocent Egbunike's prayer at the 1988 Olympics

What God asks from us (part 2)

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13

In our second look at what God asks of us, we focus on loving God. What does it mean to love God?

John Piper writes: “This is the essence of what it means to love God: to be satisfied in him. In him — not just his gifts, but God himself, as the glorious person that he is! Loving God will include obeying all his commands; it will include believing all his word; it will include thanking him for all his gifts. But all that is overflow. The essence of loving God is admiring and enjoying all he is. And it is this enjoyment of God that makes all of our other responses truly glorifying to him”.

Loving God involves – in the words of the Deuteronomy verses - walking in obedience to God and serving him. It involves a “what would Jesus do” attitude to situations in life.

As we compete, we are conscious that we are using the talent God has given us and that we are competing for his glory not our own. We are to remember that our life’s work is serving God in sport and in life.

Think for a moment about what that looks like for you today.

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