Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, November 11
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
COMPETING FOR GOD'S PRIZE
1 Corinthians 9:25 NKJV "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown."
I ran in primary school, so I have an idea of what it is to compete for a prize. Competition is good and I like to compete. You may not have realized it, but all of life is a competition: you compete with people for jobs, you compete with people for admission, you compete with people for contracts, you compete with people for properties, and even to win the hearts of people you love.
But the sad truth is that there are always many more spectators than the competitors. In life and in faith too, there are people who do nothing but watch others do something. These people read and watch the news, they do not make the news. Someone said that people go to the movies instead of moving. Hmm
There's a prize in heaven folks! I call it God's Prize! It's greater than the Nobel Prize, greater than the Ballon d'OR, greater than the Grammys, the Oscars and any other human prizes and awards. Don't think for a moment that it's for everyone. No! It's for people who have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith! It's for people who have advanced the Kingdom of God, it's for people who have earnestly contended for the faith, and for people who have stood up for Jesus and manifested the love of God to many others! What, brothers and sisters, are you doing for Jesus?