Most Valuable Prize

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
(1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV))

Just what is the prize that we are told of in this passage? What is the single most desirable thing that you can imagine receiving? Could that be the prize that Paul spoke of?

To most people, a prize means something of monetary value, or perhaps of public recognition. These types of prizes are fleeting. Money can be spent or stolen. The public can quickly turn on you. Nothing that can be gained through the physical world can be a lasting prize.

Perhaps it is something similar to a treasure?

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
(Matthew 6:19 (NIV))

If we are told not to store up treasures on earth, and we know that a prize is fleeting, what prize is Paul speaking about?

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:20-21 (NIV))

What is your prize? Is it something that has eternal value? Is it eternity in the presence of God through the gift of grace and mercy bought by the blood of Jesus?

Run in such a way as to get the prize!

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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