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This week we have our first guest writer!  This weeks devotion is written by Scott Wagner, Director of Camps Ministry for FCA Hockey.  Thanks Scott for sharing!

First Line

Matthew 20:16 - “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 18:3-4 - And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 20:26 - But whoever would be great among you must be your servant

“What we do in this life echoes through the halls of eternity.” - Gladiator

    Russell Crowe’s character Maximus makes this statement to his cavalry before they make the charge to engage the enemies of Rome. Many of us believe that our hockey exploits will also live forever. Yet, as wonderful as the game of hockey is, it’s doubtful that our memorable actions and stellar plays will be remembered for long. It is a wise and prudent person who would ask themselves, “What will be remembered forever?”

"Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward." 1 Corinthians 3:12-14.

    How well you played your position on the ice may remain, even into eternity, but only if you played with the right heart, and for the right reasons. As we stand before Jesus and all of our deeds from this life are put through the fire, all those things that are combustible will burn up, and be gone – no reward: Only those things done for Christ will last. Those deeds are the gold and silver and precious stones: They are worthy of reward and position.

    So, do you want to be on the top line in Heaven? Do you want to start eternity- forever – in a good position or riding the pines? It’s not going to just happen that way, any more than you making the starting line of an NHL team is just going to happen - you have to work for it.  "If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."1 Corinthians 3:15

    How do you ‘make the first line’ in Heaven? Well, you have to work at it. In addition to the scripture at the top, here are some things you can do, but all of these depend on your motives and your heart.

 II Timothy 2:19–24 - You depart from iniquity (sin). You’re part of God’s team now, not the worlds; sin does not become you…it doesn’t fit!

Philippians 2:5–9 - Know that you are here for a purpose. This life is a proving ground for eternity, a chance to earn your position and reward: Have this mindset.

II Corinthians 5:17–21 - Each of us have been given a job – the Ministry of Reconciliation (the gospel of redemption in Christ). Are you taking this responsibility serious? You will have to give an account for this. (Luke 19: 11 – 27)

Matthew 20:25-28 - Serve others – show them Gods love for them, by loving them. After all, this life is not about you getting what you want. It’s about you loving God back – Everything else falls into place when you get that right in your heart and head.

    Focus, on loving God back, from the heart. This is the start of becoming great, and doing great things for God. Everything else falls under this, and if you get this right, everything else will fall into place.

What in your life will survive the fire talked about in 1 Corinthians 3?  What will be consumed?

What things can you do today to be a 'First Liner' on God's team?

For more reading see 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 23:12, Galations 5:16-26

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