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Time with God - January 14, 2016


1 Corinthians 9:24-26 (NLT)

Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.

What's your main goal in life?

Recently Veral Blake, Ambassador For Christ International's director of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, answered a knock at his door and found the Queen standing there in her crown. Well, not actual royalty, but the newly crowned Carnival Queen, Aphesha Matthews. She had come to thank Veral and Norma's son Devon for his prediction that she would win the title.

Since the atmosphere of Carnival is one that is hostile to biblical values, Veral felt that the Lord had sent her to their house for a reason. He congratulated her on her title and encouraged her that there was another crown available to her, one that would last forever instead of one that will last only one year. He is praying that his loving words of witness will bring fruit in her life.

God has created us to respond to the promise of rewards so that we are motivated to strive for what we want in life. We can tell what our priorities are by the way we spend our time, energy and resources. Many of our investments are in attractive, temporary things. In 1 Corinthians, Paul encourages his readers to invest instead in what will last forever, the eternal prize. What investments are you making today to gain that prize?

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