david santistevan

worship.leadership

On Watching the Olympics [part 2]

As I mentioned in this previous post, we are running in a race for a prize that is eternal. The question begs to be asked, ‘What is the prize?’ Is it heaven? Is it being reunited with our lost loved ones? Is it golfing on the clouds with Moses and Elijah? Is it an eternal chinese buffet where we never gain weight?

Olympic athletes work extremely hard and some win a medal, but their glory does not last forever. What is the prize you are running for? Ponder these verses:

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the  surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8a).

“…I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own…I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12b & 14).

Paul says the prize is the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. What does this mean? I believe it refers back to verse 8, which is the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.

There is nothing more valuable than something of surpassing worth. It may sound unfair, but just face it…it will always be better. Our prize at the end of this race is that we can enjoy knowing Jesus for all eternity. The wonder will never cease. The beauty will be electrifying. How amazing.

Does this excite you? If you are more excited for glorified earthly pleasures, you need to begin investing your life into knowing Jesus. This is the greatest joy, the highest pursuit, the most worthy goal.

John Piper says, “Would you be satisfied in heaven if Jesus wasn’t there?

Definitely a question we all need to face.

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August 23, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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