When the Olympics first began in Olympia in 776BC, they were dedicated to and held in honour of the Greek gods. Victors were crowned with an olive tree wreath.
The apostle Paul travelled throughout much of Greece and often used the surrounding customs as ‘sermon illustrations’ when teaching about Christianity. When he writes to Timothy, Paul says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
What race are you running and what will be your reward?