God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 9


Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.  Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.  They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

Everybody likes rewards.  When we do something difficult or pursue a significant goal, we expect there will be a reward for our effort.  Not only that, but usually the greater the reward, the more valuable the project and the work required to obtain it.

Look, then, at the reward prepared for the Saints of God.

It is eternal.

It is unfading.

It is a glorious new life in the presence of Jesus, loved and embraced for eternity—an infinite reward.

If that’s how great the reward is, think how valuable your work for the Kingdom must be!

Press on in serving God today.  Push ahead in all the things to which He’s called you.  Don’t let discouragement or doubt rob you of the hope of this empowering truth: your work for the Kingdom has infinite worth.

-Pastor Phillip

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