The Olympics have been ridiculously exciting to watch. My DVR is about to burn out with all that we are trying to record. Volleyball, Gymnastics, Swimming, Diving, Track & Field, Cycling, Rowing, it never ends. The stories are powerful and the finishes have been climactic. Never before have I seen a photo finish at the end of a Triathlon, or crowds come completely unglued at the end of the men’s 10k. It has been thrilling and exhausting as a spectator.
During one night’s report, the broadcaster mentioned how one of the athletes was “still chasing after more gold medals.” One of my sons turned to me and asked, “Why is he still chasing gold if he already has one?” Great question. Why keep chasing after something you already have?
This morning as I was spending time with Jesus, a particular verse from Romans stood out to me.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1 NLT
There is much that could be said about this verse, but this morning, the detail that leaped out at me was the tense that Paul writes in. From a literary standpoint, Paul is writing in “Present Perfect Continuous” tense. Present perfect continuous. What a terrific phrase. It means that the thing Paul is describing is already ours—and will continue to be ours indefinitely and irrevocably.
We have been “made right” and we “have peace”. Done deal. No more striving or chasing required. Righteousness and peace are ours, now. Author Sarah Young in her wonderful devotional, Jesus Calling shares the following,
My Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in my Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Rather than chasing after more, lets stop and look to the One who has already wrapped us in His Peace.