Every year we have our AWANA Grand Prix at church where the kids make
cars for a big race. Every person gets a kit to make a car, which includes a
block of wood. From there each racer has some decisions to make: will they make
their car fast, or will they go for design?
In past races I have focused my cars on design. Once
car resembled the Florida Gators logo, and this past car was a replica of my
Gator-themed pick up truck. Both of those cars were rewarded with 3rd place in
Just as each contestant begins with a plain block of
wood, so each person begins life with a clean slate, and we all have choices to
make. Hebrews 11:6 says that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek
Him.” We each have to choose if we are going to seek God or not, and if we do,
then we have another choice to make, and that is if we are going to obey Him.
Some people explore who God is, but they never commit
their lives to Him, and God does not reward those people. We must choose to
submit to Him, repent, deny ourselves, and obey the Lord. At the Grand Prix,
some cars are very fast, and yet they do not place; others have awesome
designs, and yet they receive no trophy. But that is not how God works. He
doesn’t just reward the richest, smartest, or most talented; He rewards all who
diligently seek and obey Him.