I heard about Team Hoyt through Max Lucado’s book, “3:16: The Numbers of Hope,” a study of John 3:16 that our small group has been using. In it, Lucado writes about the father-and-son racing team. Here is their story.
We bring to the spiritual race what Rick Hoyt brings to the physical one. Our spiritual legs have no strength. Our morality has no muscle. Our good deeds cannot carry us across the finish line, but Christ can. “To the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Rom. 4:5 NASB).
Paul assures salvation to the most unlikely folks: not to the worker, but to the trust-er; not to the able-bodied, but to the unable; not to the affluent saint, but to the bankrupt and unemployable—the child who will trust with Rick Hoyt reliance. “Trusting-Him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift” (Rom. 4:5 MSG).
We bring what Rick brings. And God does what Dick does. He takes start-to-finish-line responsibility for his children. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28).*
Since 1975, Team Hoyt has crossed nearly a thousand finish lines, including marathons, triathlons and 10k runs. They’ve even crossed the United States, taking 45 days to run and pedal 3,735 miles. That’s a lot of running. A lot of effort.
A lot of love.
*Max Lucado, “3:16: The Numbers of Hope,” pp. 84-85.