Many know Eric Liddell for his world famous victory in the 400m in the Paris Summer Olympics of 1924. Yet fewer people remember Eric Liddell for what I consider to be an even greater feat. In July of 1923 before the eyes of an on-looking crowd, Liddell took to the starting line to compete in a quarter mile race. At the first bend tragedy struck as he tripped over the legs of another runner, falling off the track. Surely in the eyes of the masses his race was over, but for Eric it was not! By the time Liddell got back on his feet, the last of the runners was a whopping 30 yards out. Liddell with grit determination took to the track with such pace that within just 3 yards from the finishing line he overtook the lead runner to win the race!! Dear Brothers and Sisters, how do you respond after a spiritual fall?
This sermon is an encouragement for those who cannot seem to get up after a fall; bound by condemnation and guilt they can’t seem to rise back on their feet and carry on in the Christian race. Yet, there are some who after a fall seem content to wallow in the mud. To them this sermon serves as a rebuke and an exhortation to arise. The Lord is hand and His coming draws near; let us be found running in the race!!