Interview with Usain Bolt: Lifting up the Name of Christ


Some of the folks on Twitter last evening were not amused as they watched Usain Bolt, one of the most famous persons on planet earth,  being interviewed on #TVJ, Television Jamaica, during the airing of one of it’s most popular programs, Profile.
One tweet below captured the views of many who expected to hear from Bolt,  exciting details of his many great performances.

Suh hold on. The entire interview is about his love life? #Profile

But the host, Ian Boyne, perhaps the most celebrated journalist in the island, and host of the award winning, and one of the longest running programs on television, had a plan.
A plan captured by a tweet from a female sports journalist which I retweeted.

#NoBabyModdaDrama that’s right boy @usainbolt #Profile @televisionjam

For Ian Boyne’s plan, masterfully executed in part one of this drama, (and Ian knows drama, perhaps better than #TNT) was to show the world that you can be a superstar and still be morally grounded. A hot issue in today’s #ChrisGayle, #ElChapolinkingwithmoviestars, #Odom #TigerWoods era.
So, no #babymotherdrama. No #sleepingwithamarriedwoman, no #galinnabundle (hear that #Beenieman). No disrespecting the institution of marriage. #Marriageisforlife.

Why! Not because of any fear of #badluckfollowinghim but because he  received a gift from his parents.
#Noarguinginfrontofthechildren, #Stablemarriage, albeit eventually after living together and dad having three children with three different ladies. #Wasnotperfect but still instilled in him #Goodvalues.

And most importantly, as we have seen time and time again after his many victories with his making the sign of the cross,  #UsainBolt fears God.   And not only knows, but is obedient….admits that he strays from time time, yes, like any young man… to the Bible.
So Bolt’s owes his success in life to the many gifts he has received. Talent from God, supreme trust in his coach, and moral foundation from his parents.

Then last night before retiring to bed, as is my usual habit, I read the Reflection for the day from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. And found this:

January 10
To open their eyes,……that they may receive….. Acts 26:18

…… The first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words-  “that they may receive remission of their sins”.
When a man fails in personal Christian experience, it is nearly always because he has never received anything. The only sign that a man is saved is that he has received done from Jesus Christ.
Our part as workers for God is to open men’s eyes that they may turn themselves from darkness to light; but that is not salvation, that is conversion – the effort of a roused human being.
I do not think it too sweeping to say that the majority of of nominal Christians are of this order; their eyes are opened, but they have received nothing. Conversion is not regeneration. This is one of the neglected factors in our preaching today. When a man is born  again, he knows that it is because he has received something as a gift from Almighty God and not because of his own decision.
People register their vows, and sign their pledges, and determine to go through, but none of this  is salvation.
Salvation means that we are brought to the place where we are able to receive something from God on the authority of Jesus Christ, viz., remission of sins.

Then follows the second mighty work of grace – ” and inheritance among them which are sanctified.”  In sanctification the regenerated soul deliberately gives up his right to himself to Jesus Christ, and identifies himself entirely with God’s interest in other men.

Comment: I pray God, that all us may come to accept this truth, that salvation is a gift from God. In the same way that Usain Bolt received gifts from God, parents and coach. And that we,  having received,  ” remission of our sins”, by the shed Blood of The Lamb of God may dedicate our lives, solely to Jesus Christ and His interest in other men and women.

That’s the only way the #Babymother  drama and all that comes with it, will end in #Jamaicalandwelove. For when we accept the Biblical Truth that,  ” we are not our own, for we have been bought by the price of blood”, then we as Christians,  will dedicate our lives to advance the interests of the  marginalized, the poor, the vulnerable, those bruised and battered and crushed under the weight of Sin,  injustice and oppression. Through the power of the Holy Spirit.  For the sake of Christ, and to the Glory of God.

Then the song I’ve singing since yesterday at church came into my mind.

Give Glory to God church
Give Glory to God…..

Give Glory to God, man
Give Glory to God….

Give Glory to God world
Give Glory to God


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