Our identity is in Christ
While the summer games in Rio have been impressive in many ways (especially the outstanding performance of so many of our American Olympians), a surprising feature of many of the emerging stories is the recurrence of testimonies of personal faith. US Olympic divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson were among many who publicly acknowledged the importance of their Christian faith in their own formation as athletes and competitors. But Boudia and Johnson were perhaps most explicit in stating, with the world’s attention focused on Rio, that their deepest and truest identity is in Christ Jesus. You can watch the clip of their interview by clicking on the link below.
It is a remarkable teaching moment for us as a world and a nation, when two young men who seem to have every right to bask in the payout of their hard work and dedication redirect the focus to Christ. Their interview, brief as it was, challenges all of us to ask those very fundamental questions: What defines me? By whom or what am I possessed? What is my deepest identity? In a world where it is far too easy to place our value or sense of self in possessions or fame or even hard-earned accomplishments, Boudia and Johnson challenge us as disciples of Jesus to find in him alone our true identity and our greatest reward.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).