Jesus is More Than a Trophy
A few months ago, I was rummaging through the garage, cleaning some things out when I stumbled across an unfamiliar box. It’s one of those boxes you tuck away because you’ll need whatever’s inside it someday.
I opened the box and to my surprise were all my old trophies from school. Wrapped in the newspaper were my awards for Archery, Volleyball, Softball, Bowling, Best Poached Eggs (yes, best-poached eggs in the southeast), and Lioness of the Year. I was quite the sportswoman in my day. Now I am fortunate if I can jog down the street. Here they were all wrapped up in a box, stowed away for remembrance’s sake.
Have you ever received a trophy?
Do you remember how it felt? I remember the feelings I felt when my name was called. There’s something about hearing your name announced and watching everyone around you clapping and honoring you for your achievement.
You stand and approach the podium and accept your trophy. As you make your way to the front, you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. All the hard work has finally paid off. At last, your hard work is noticed and rewarded.
Then when you mature and become an adult, the trophies go in a box and are stored in the attic never to be seen again – until spring cleaning.
The day you received Jesus.
Do you remember the excitement you felt when you received Jesus into your heart? Perhaps you remember how wonderful it was to receive that gift, the gift of the Savior who came into this world to die on the cross and forgive your sins? More so, what have you done with the gift you were given?
Have you stowed it away in a dusty old cardboard box like old trophies to someday stumble upon the memory?
Are you displaying your love for Jesus like a trophy on a shelf?
Better yet, are you growing closer to Jesus Christ every day?
Is Jesus Christ just a trophy to you? “I got him, now let’s move onto the next trophy?”
What’s your trophy box look like?
Look, we can have all the trophies in the world. We can have the mirror ball trophy from the favorite television show. We can have super bowl rings and other fancy things, but if we don’t have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, all those trophies and trinkets mean NOTHING!
Here’s a familiar passage from Scripture:
John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Thank you, Father, for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. May we do more with him then display him as a trophy we have collected in our life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Bridge to Grace – a nonfiction novel