“I move on toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.” (Philippians 3:14)
How do we live? Do we live to reach the prize? Or do we live just day-to-day, just doing today’s good?
As humans, we might just try to do enough good for today. But for Christians this isn’t enough. We have to live our whole life as to win because God wants us to reach the goal, to be with Him in heaven! How exciting is that? God doesn’t just hope, he WANTS us, he WILLS us to strive for Him. God has appointed us to win a prize, which is to spend eternity with Him. And He doesn’t just want SOME of us to reach it, but ALL of us to come to Him! And what a prize it is! To be able to live with our Creator, our Protector, our loving God forever! This is the best prize any of us could possibly get. All awards on Earth eventually fade and are forgotten, but not the prize that God offers us, it will last forever and ever!
Do you want to run this race as to win the prize? Live your life to win the prize, not just for the day, because what is a day compared to eternity after we die? When you reach heaven, do you want to say that you did some good here and there? I know that I would love to say I always lived for God! But sometimes this is hard to stay focused on. All I can say is to keep your eye on the prize.
“My life means nothing to me. I only want to finish the race. I want to complete the work the Lord Jesus has given to me. He wants me to give witness to others about the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)
This isn’t a race to do on our own. God wants us to tell others how to join the race that leads to him. In a race, who has more will to win, the person who goes alone? Or the person who has someone with them, giving them encouragement and help? Find someone who can help you through this race. As it says in Acts, should we be worried about what others will think of us? No! This world isn’t our true home, our true home is in heaven. Reach out to them. Help them find this wonderful race. Live your life as to win the prize, to reach God!
This race definitely has its bumps and turns, no one ever said it was easy. But I know I want to live my life as to win the prize.