One Prize Fits All

Julia Downey Davis

READ : Mark 10:13-16

But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” (v. 14)

Race separates. National origin divides. Religious denominations splinter and political persuasion polarizes. We have schools that enroll only one gender and associations that admit only a selected vocation. There are groups for only seniors, only singles, only parents of teens, and only people who have chronic illnesses. Meetings take place regularly for hunters, writers, people with addictions, scrapbook-makers, and those who eat only organic foods.

What a relief to find that the prize of God’s truth is available to everyone! When children sought it, Jesus welcomed them. When women pursued it, Jesus included them. When slaves desired it, Jesus awarded it to them. No one received the “pearl of great value” (Matthew 13:46) because of their membership in a distinctive group. They received it because they valued it more “than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (Psalm 119:72).

God’s truth is still available to everyone who counts it precious. It is the one prize that fits all. With whom can I share more of this prize today?


Thank you, Lord, that your truth is mine regardless of my past mistakes, present circumstances, or future status.