Sunday, October 11, 2009

Surprising Prize

On the morning of October 9, 2009, Americans awoke to the news that their President, Barack Obama, had been awarded the Noble Peace Prize which got me to thinking...
  • The announcement of the winner of this year's Noble Peace Prize caught most people by surprise.  Even the White House was caught off guard and had no prepared statement ready which is a rare occurrence for them.  While this news may have been unexpected for most, it did not surprise God.  He knew that it was going to happen.  It is comforting to know that no matter what happens in our lives nothing surprises God.  All people, both redeemed and unredeemed, are under His sovereign control, and everything that happens to us first passing through His loving hands.
  • In my opinion, there is only one person qualified to be the receiptent of the Noble Peace Prize -- Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Jesus is the source of true peace.  Unlike the peace that man creates, the peace that Jesus gives is eternal and passes all understanding. 
  • The selection of President Obama as the Noble Peace Prize winner met with mixed reviews worldwide.  Critics state that he was given the award for his potential and for being awesome.  Regardless of the reason for his selection, I do know that God will not use the same criteria for the rewards he will give His children.  God will never reward someone for their potential or for the good intentions.  God does not grade on the curve, and He is not going to give us a prize in heaven just to boost our self-esteem. Instead, God's rewards will be based on what we have done with what He has entrusted us with, such as our time, gifts, opportunites, relationships and money. 
  • Many people spend much of their lives chasing after awards and other recognition from man.  The problem with this is that all those things are temporal and will not last into eternity.  The best thing a person can do is to focus his mind on Christ and spend his time laying up treasures in heaven.

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