Eric Liddell born in China to Scottish missionaries from Edinburgh which was
nick named 'Auld Reekie'.
At the age of 21 years he was a science student at Edinburgh University.
Eric Liddell loved the Lord and wanted to honour him with the life he was given. He knew that God made him fast and honoured him with this speed.
In 1924 he entered the Olympics in Paris
The report of him refusing to run on a Sunday became widespread, his chance of winning a gold medal in the 100 metres became secondary in comparison to his testimony as a Christian, showing that his faith mattered more!
He never hid the light that was in him to others around him and was encouraged by the Athletics Masseur when handed a note saying 'them that honour me I will honour '1 Samuel 2:30
Eric Liddell was the first Scotsman to win the Gold Medal for the 400 metres. He ran at a time of 47.6 seconds a world record time!
All to God’s glory for the achievements won in this World-wide event.
The grace that God gave him would be evident to the other contestants when he would shake their hand before the race and give them his ‘best wishes’. Eric Liddell would never say ‘good luck’ as he did not believe in luck.
After the peak of his running days came to a close, he enrolled at the Scottish Congregational College in Edinburgh to achieve a theological qualification.
He was known as the Flying Scotsman because of his speed and his great leap covering 15 feet of water when he had to plunge onto the boat heading for China.
It was his passion to serve the Lord by becoming a missionary teacher in China at the Anglo- Chinese College. They wanted him to teach in the religious work as well as teach science and supervise athletics.
He reached many lost souls with the gospel.
In 1945 Eric died in a Japanese interment camp. The cause of death was a malignant growth ( tuma) in his head.
The news of his death reached Scotland, the shock and loss of Eric Liddell did not just touch the hearts of those religious but others also!
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The memory of Eric Liddell’s simple goodness of character as an athlete, his faith and dedication to God had inspired the film industry - 20th Century Fox in the 1980’s Film Producer David Puttnam - ‘Chariots of Fire
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain I Cor 9:24
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.