A few sparks from the anvil on our journey through life!
We are all travelers in time, who have been placed here on earth with one ultimate destination and goal.
Paul described it as a race that had but one prize at the end; and he said we must each discipline ourselves in order that we may win this prize.
Normally in a race the prize goes to the one who crosses the finish line first; but not so in this race.
For those who would win this race, all that is necessary is that we not quit; and that we stay in faith.
Jesus once gave a parable of the Workers in the Vineyard:
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way.
Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’ “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ “He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’
When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’ “When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius.
When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius.
When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’
“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius? Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you.
Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
In this parable the ones hired at the beginning of the day were promised one denarius as pay for the days labor; and each successive hiree throughout the day agreed to whatever would be fair, showing a trust in the one who hired them, that he would be fair; but at the end of the day, those who were hired early, who had worked through the heat of the day, were not happy with their agreed upon pay, or should I say their “prize?”
What they failed to understand was that their reward, their prize as it were, was not in earthly mammon, in what the world seeks as valuable; but their reward was in the person of Jesus Christ!
As it is, every person’s journey begins the moment they are born into this world; and every person has been given an equal opportunity to reach their goal and obtain their prize; however we each have been given different paths to follow; and every path has been specifically choreographed by the Master for each one of His children, and is specifically designed for their individual personality and needs.
The Bible even tells us that every detail, everyday spent on this path, has been scheduled for us, and has been written in a book; a book with our name on it:
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Our achieving our destiny and whether or not we are successful at obtaining our goal at the end of our journey, will depend on our determination and our resolve that we shall not quit, nor give up in our ultimate pursuit; and it will require that we will each remain faithful to follow God’s instruction manual and road map for our trip.
Also, and this is most important, we must each learn the absolute necessity, while on our path, that we learn to discern and to obey both the leading and the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Though we each are given a different path to follow, with different circumstances, trials and challenges along the way, nevertheless we each have but one prize to be won at the end of our journey; and there is ONLY but one way for us to obtain our prize.
What is this ‘Prize’ that we all are each destined to strive towards; that the Apostle Paul said that we must discipline ourselves in order to win, or to achieve?
The Prize is Jesus Christ; and for instructions and a road map on how we are to win our destiny, God has given us His Word (the Holy Bible); but many there be that have chosen their own path, and have not even considered God’s directions, and for them the Bible says that their journey shall end in eternal separation from their Creator… or what the Bible calls death!
Won’t you come and join in the adventure?
May we each begin our day today with a renewed focus on our destiny and our ultimate prize; and most importantly may we each remember that the only thing necessary for us to win this race is that we not quit; that we keep our focus on the our Prize, Jesus Christ; and that we remain in faith! Selah