1 Corinthians 9:24, 25
Run to receive an imperishable wreath - salvation, I thought. Then I read this:
"The prize does not represent salvation. Salvation is a free gift; the prize is an earned reward. Paul is not discussing salvation in this context. He has been writing about his ministry as an apostle (9:1-23). Understood properly, then, the prize that Paul is speaking of is a reward that may or may not accompany salvation. The Christian’s prize is the honor and glory of eternal rewards. It is the joy of hearing Jesus say, “Well done!” (Matt 25:21, 23) This is the amazing grace of God. We receive salvation as a free gift and then the Lord blesses us on top of that with temporal and eternal rewards for faithfully serving Him. What a God!" Keith Krell (source)
Praise the Lord for His promises :)
Recently we visited the sculpture park in Seattle for a family day. It was superb! Santi had a grumpy face the entire time, but we know he was just hiding his true feelings. Which were feelings of complete joy and wonder.