THE WORD FOR TODAY
1 Corinthians 7-9
1 Corinthians 7-9 (Click to Read Today’s Word at Biblegateway.com)
Truth for Today
1 Corinthian 9:25 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
Many years ago I ran in 5k race. I was so excited at the end of the race when I was presented with my plaque…no…not for winning the race…but for completing the race. Every person who ran in the race received a plaque…but I still felt very proud and very special. In fact I don’t even remember who won the race.
You would think that I still have that plaque. But some years later in one of the many moves over the years I lost that plaque. I don’t know where it is.
Paul said, “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
In this life we may lose our “earthly crowns”. Or the “crown” may be taken away from us and given to someone else. Just ask Carri Prejean about her attacks. But Paul teaches this life is filled with perishable crowns…but we (believers) work, worship, serve and live for the “imperishable crown”. We do this work, worship, service and living because we belong to Jesus and have surrendered our lives to Him. He then will give us His “imperishable crown”.
It can’t be lost…destroyed…marred…stolen or stripped away by Donald Trump or some committee. It is a crown given by the Lord Jesus Himself to all who have surrendered their life to Him.
I am working, serving, singing, worshiping, and living for that day when HE gives me His imperishable crown because I belong to HIM…because HE is Lord of my life. Will you join me?
Father, may our life show that we belong to Jesus…may our work flow from grateful hearts…may our service touch lives with hope…may our worship be full and meaningful…may we HOPE in confident assurance for Your imperishable crown in that day…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!