“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
The only practical way to reach the camp I worked at is by boat. Once a week when the campers hiked five miles into town, we’d charter the Blanche W. to bring them back. The Blanche could hold roughly 100 people and cruise at a slow, relaxing speed. The campers first in line were always the last ones off, and the last in line weren’t even guaranteed a seat. But if we ran out of seats, a separate speedboat would come to pick them up. That boat’s 50hp outboard motors could run circles around the Blanche. Folks who were last in line for the Blanche were now the first ones back to camp. There’s a parallel here. Paul teaches us in Corinthians about God’s overarching grace to both lifelong Christians and those who may be converted even at the very last minute. It is His grace that allows everyone in line, whether in the front or the back, to enter His kingdom. Some servants enter His gates immediately; others joyfully serve for long years of their lives. Rejoice that we all spend eternity with the One who called us!

Scripture Focus

Matthew 20:1-16


God ordained how long each of us works in His service. Our responsibility is to be faithful with the time He has given us.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 33-34
  • Psalm 24
  • Mark 3