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The Christian Race
Date: Jan 28, 2024
Sub Theme: General Concept of Race 3
Topic: Nature of Earthly Race 2-Focus on Vain Glory
to study the concept of vain glory and
to discuss the banes of vain glory on our Christian race to eternal life.
In earthly race, the invitation for medal presentation to winners is the height of such events. Yet, they, are all forgotten within short time especially after the demise of the winner; thereby making the short-term glorification a vanity. Vainglory is the sin or vice of someone that immoderately desires renown, prestige, or the praise and respect of others. The desire of these things is not necessarily sinful, but becomes so when it is immoderate and disordered. Haman was a man that always seeks self-glorification. This bad focus led him into evil competition with Mordeca
In the context of our Bible passage today, explain ‘vain glory’. See Est 3: 2, v5. What was the end of Haman’s glory? Est 7:10.
Can you mention a renowned sportsman or sportswoman in the-1970s, 1980s, or 1990s? How were their memories? Are they still celebrated? If they are still celebrated, how? And if not, why?
Mention some of the material vain-glory things that some of our contemporary Christians are celebrating in line with Eccl 2: 4-11.
How can the Church be more focused on Christ’s kingdom matters than on vain glory? Col 3: 1-2; IJohn 2: 15-17.
If all kinds of efforts and strictest discipline are invested to obtain medals for earthly races, but yet, they are perishable, corruptible and with vain satisfaction; Christians must run their race to eternal life with all diligence for the imperishable, incorruptible, and eternal glory.
Food for Thought
Earthly glory is temporary on earth; but heavenly glory is eternal.
Gal 5:26 “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another”.
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