For some, the prize is the money. For others the prize is fame. Certain issues are at stake for a number of people. Some see the family as the ultimate prize where others see accomplishments with their life’s work as what is worth the effort. Prestige and pomp, power and position, factors pursued by some who see it as the great prize.
The prize draws from them sacrifice. Relationships are cast by the wayside. Otherwise beneficial opportunities go up in flames. Other seemingly appealing offers would be turned down all because of the prize.
Some have turned their back on their family and background. Some have been fired from their jobs and warned they would struggle to gain employment again. Some have to scratch and scramble to get enough to survive. Some have sweated buckets and shed blood. They have endured sleepless nights and unrelentingly tough days.
For the prize.
What is your prize?
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him … No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:7-9; 13, 14)
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden