Tag: Philippians 3:12-15

Straining towards the prize!

Scripture reading for September 5th:  Philippians 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Philippians 3:12-15  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”

Paul recounted his amazing life and the many things he had experienced prior to salvation.  He counted all his accomplishments as garbage for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus, his Lord and Savior.  But he still hadn’t arrived at the fullness of knowledge that was possible or that God desired for him!  So he described for the Philippians (and us!) his own attitude about his life and expectations for his future.  He put his past behind him and eagerly pressed on towards knowing Christ more fully!  This had resulted in his imprisonment and possible impending execution!  This understanding did not deter or distract Paul from straining forward in his quest for more of Christ!

Observations for over-comers:  Knowing Christ Jesus and one day seeing His face is the goal of each mature believer. We can’t live in the past or glory in past accomplishments but must strain forward, embracing the mission and trusting Christ no matter what!  “Yet I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”  (Psalm 73:23-24)

 

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