They’re ‘all kinds of AWARDS’ given that… recognizes certain levels of achievement… in this worldly life. In every walk of life… our career, marriage, and even the Military and Religious circles…. extend levels of excellence… for outstanding performance. Realtors recognize EXCELLENCE in sales achievement, number of years, etc. The Legal field recognizes its membership… with many prestigious awards for various standards of excellence, as does the medical and accounting fields.
People who have achieved various levels of “seniority” … in marriage…are recognized for the number of years of “married life.” The Religious Community recognize their membership with “prominent titles.” And, as we ALL know…HOLLYWOOD is the “recognized leader” in crowning their royalty with every imaginable… every conceivable, form of AWARD. Their SCOPE of recognition if so “far-reaching,” that one might even think that Hollywood is run by the Government, and if not, then… maybe Hollywood is running the Government. I won’t bore you with the ACOLADES of Follywood… beyond…the mention of OSCAR. We Americans are a “proud-bunch.”
We all like a little recognition… here and there… now and again.
All of these AWARDS of EXCELLENCE, at best….are TEMPORARY. Just as in any other ASSET … we can’t take it with us. The Church reminds us in Genesis 3:19…. ‘Thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.’
That said… God’s PROMISE to us… is “life-everlasting.” We receive everlasting life by dying to our own efforts and receiving Christ Jesus into our hearts… as Our Lord and Savior. … In fact … a rebirth in the heart, as told to us in John 3:6-7… Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
My point: The “only award” …accolade, or recognition… that we should be concerned with is: The AWARD of LIFE-EVER-LASTING, with Our Lord Jesus Christ. We can achieve ‘that AWARD’ …by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, confessing our sins… repenting, and committing to converting from ‘things not so good… to things very good.
…Blessings…as we, all… SEEK life everlasting… and, Our FINAL AWARD…. Cjlb… 12/31/2017