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Pressing Toward The Goal

Goal

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

The apostle Paul was not shortsighted. His vision reached beyond this present world to that above where he stored his heavenly treasures. Yet, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption” (1 Corinthians 15:50). So, Paul wished to “attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:11). While all men will be raised in the end (cf. John 5:28-29), those who long for the “resurrection of life” must live in such a way to attain it. So, Paul pressed on.

The Christian should always view life through a spiritual lens. He should “not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). While this should already be our daily focus, the new year is a good time for introspection, and improvement. Spiritual goals and resolutions should outweigh the physical. In 2018, heaven should be our constant focus. We, like Paul, should “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Continue reading » Pressing Toward The Goal

“Behold I Will Do A New Thing”

I started thinking the other day about our unique and special new year. It is the start not only of a new day, but a new month and a new year. There is something special about something new; it is fresher, cleaner, brighter and shinier. They are not old, rusted, decayed, bent, broken, dusty, dingy or damaged. Politicians have recognized the deep desire that people have for something new. Continue reading » “Behold I Will Do A New Thing”

Walking Worthy: Can You See the Promised Land?

The Hebrew writer was commenting on the frailty and ultimate doom of the village of Jerusalem when he encouraged his Hebrew Christian brethren to remain outside the camp of obsolete Judaism. "For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come" (Hebrews 13:14).

Surely they could identify through their history with the lifestyle of a pilgrim. With one Promised Land in the past, they were challenged to press on toward another and better one with the same diligent zeal that carried their forefathers to victory. The spiritual pilgrimage that began in the first century continues today and every Christian is called to join.

Continue reading » Walking Worthy: Can You See the Promised Land?