Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016 - Trophies From God

Here we are at the dawn of a new hoops season and players are being asked to push themselves in preparation. In fact, the first few weeks of a season are often gruesome in regards to how hard players will push themselves physically… well at least some players… the ones that are champions in the making!
Future champions are willing to pay the price today for the trophies they envision tomorrow!
In our Christian walk God uses Heaven and rewards as motivational tools. We are told to remember where our citizenship lies… that to die is gain… that we can receive crowns… that we should eagerly wait for the Savior… etc.
In other words, our destination should be motivation for our dedication!
Philip Yancey (in his book Vanishing Grace) stated that “having the proper destination in mind should transform life here and now.” He goes on to quote CS Lewis: “If you read history you will find out that the Christians who did the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.” Lewis is also quoted as saying, “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in.’ Aim at earth and you get neither.”
We see that those who are Going MAD (Making A Difference) are those that are:
1.       Thankful for the gift of salvation that purchased entrance into the Kingdom
2.       Thankful for the opportunity through faithfulness to receive “trophies”
To be a difference-maker you need to live today in light of eternity!

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