18th September 2013

I Am A Winner 

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man, The things which God has prepared for those who love him.’”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

It’s so exciting. I have been specially selected, the only person in my postal code who is through to the next round, or so the Reader’s Digest informs me. What’s more, if I just send for this or that item, I have the chance of winning something else and another six numbers, reserved only for me, will be entered in the grand prize draw!

Clever marketing, but raising false hopes, when the truth is that you are one among many. Their only real interest in you is financial, getting you to spend money on their products in the very unlikely chance you will win the big prize offered.  Like so much in today’s world, much is promised but the reality falls a long way short of the hype. 

The problem is that the combined effect of all of this kind of marketing makes us very cynical and suspicious. So when we are faced with a wholly genuine offer we start looking for the catch.  That wholly genuine offer comes from God through Jesus Christ, and the offer is salvation and eternal life. No catches, no gimmicks, no forms to fill in, no goods to order, no special terms, just a 100% guarantee that you will be a winner. 

Sounds too good to be true, but it is not.  What do you have to do? Simply believe God. Take him at his word that he loves you and wants you to have true freedom in Christ.  God, in the person of Jesus Christ, has paid the penalty for your human sins and mine. His death on the cross paid the price for all humanity’s sins. His resurrection shows us that even death is defeated and is nothing to fear. 

Too often the material promises of this life, cleverly promoted as the answer to all of our problems, don’t live up to their promises. The satisfaction is short-lived and replaced by the desire for something else.  But the promises of God are not like that. Accepting those promises and trying to live God’s way is not always easy. But the difference cannot be defined in words alone, only experienced.  God never makes false promises and following God can be tough, as Hebrews 11 makes clear. But the reward of what lies ahead is far greater than anything we can conceive. 

Christianity is a way of life that satisfies, that stimulates, that surprises, that requires stamina, steadiness and vision.  Christ gives us everything we need to be a real winner in the only race that matters, the race of life. 

Be a real winner, follow Christ. 

Loving Father, help us to focus on what really matters and to grasp what Christ has done for us.  Give us vision so we are not distracted or weighed down by the false values of this world. In Christ’s name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick


keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: malcolm.john.arnold@ntlworld.com

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One Response to “18th September 2013”

  1. John Magowan on September 18th, 2013 9:10 am

    Spot on material, Keith. God’s promises are indeed real and dependable. Many thanks for a good contribution this morning!

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