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God is not the consolation prize

I was always fascinated by TV game shows, especially the ones with prizes. Growing up in a poor home, material things were truly luxurious. Even something as mundane as a microwave was wondrous. To me, what made these game shows great was the consolation prize. Did the young couple miss out on the 14-day Maui vacation? At least they got the consolation prize of a Hotpoint dishwasher!

Sometimes we think about giving up earthly things for the treasures in heaven in that “consolation prize” mindset. We hope Jesus gives us the life we want here on earth, but if some reason that isn’t his will for us, then we grudgingly accept that we should comfort ourselves with the eternal perspective.

Jesus wants more for us than the benefits of heaven in the end. He wants us to have the benefits of heaven now. To have truly committed our lives to Christ, we must have followed Jesus in death—crucified to the world and its deceptive, temporary pleasures. Only then can we rise with Christ to claim the true riches of our eternal inheritance—full, immediate access to life in the Spirit of God, which is the greatest pleasure of all.

Jesus is the greater prize. Want nothing less.

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