Devotional | Eyes on the Prize

Where is your focus? 

Lamentations 1:9 “Her filthiness clung to her skirts, she did not consider her future.”

This verse is talking about the fall of Israel. Not a pretty picture. One of the reasons that they fell was the fact that they did not consider their future. They failed to look at the big picture and, as a result, fell into sin. They worshiped other gods, things besides the TRUE LIVING GOD, because they were looking at the here and now, thinking, ‘only today, only this life counts’.

Life is not just about making my place, finding joy, fulfillment and comfort, as many would suppose. Life is short. And, as those who are reading this know, this life is not all there is. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Jesus had a fairly short life, just 33 years. Only three of those years were actually spent in public ministry but how incredibly life changing – earth shattering they were!  Jesus knew He was coming to suffer and die a horrible death.  He knew that He would be rejected by most but He still came, willingly, I might add. Why?

Hebrews 12:2 tell us that it was … "for the joy set before Him [that He] endured the cross.”  Jesus wasn’t looking at the pain and suffering He would have to go through, He was, instead, looking to His reward: the glory that would be His when He fulfilled all that His Father had asked of Him.

We too have much joy and glory waiting for us as we walk out God’s call on our life, by faith. And this also brings us joy in the here and now. Jesus came to bring us abundant life, both now and in the life to come. But, as you know, sometimes walking out God’s call also means discomfort and hardship.

The Bible says that, as we share in Christ’s sufferings, we also get to share in His glory. We, as humans, do everything we can to avoid suffering and pain. But God says it is a privilege to suffer with Him. Paul said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)  “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Let us continue to fix our eyes on Jesus. Let us keep our eyes on the prize for there awaits a glorious inheritance stored up in heaven for us. Our goal should be, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

There is a prize awaiting those who overcome in this life. To me the greatest prize of all, would be the pleasure of my heavenly Father. To hear His voice saying, “Well done, my good and faithful daughter.” Those are the words I want to hear. That is the prize I press on for!

This archived article was written by Lisa Ninaber for release in Nov, 2013. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.