God Doesn’t Just Hand out Prizes

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1952).