Ah the Emmys!

Last night celebrities from all over the entertainment business descended on the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles for the 64th Emmy Awards. The men wore their best tux and shiny shoes while the women competed for the nod as the most fashionably dressed. This is the event in which the best in television are praised for their efforts. It’s the highest award for anyone in a TV series.  One by one the stars climbed onto the stage to receive the ultimate prize while the audience cheered and applauded (well all of them except the losers). “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm lost again after five best drama actor nominations for his role as ad exec Don Draper. I guess there’s always next year.

I didn’t watch the ceremony but as I thought on the night that would crown the best of the best I couldn’t help but think about our prize as Christians.

Paul said in Pilippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

The best part about the prize that God gives is that every believer in Him can win it. Paul also exhorts us to run so that we may win the prize. As I think of the actors receiving the Emmys it’s obvious that they don’t achieve that amount of success by accident nor by lack of commitment. They spend hours and days and weeks and months and years perfecting their craft. So too in the Christian life we are compelled to do the same. Here are some verses that speak on this topic.

2 Timothy 2:15, “ Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval.”

1 Corinthians 9:25, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”

The Lord told several parables about stewards and those who were entrusted with responsibilities. The servants who worked hard to increase the results were commended but the lazy servants were condemned. Let’s be active in His service, striving for the greatest prize of all and when we see Him face to face, His commendation will be of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”





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