Press Toward the Goal
Today’s Text: Philippians 3:13-16
The apostle Paul’s life was transformed when he met the Lord on the road to Damascus. The dramatic change manifested in a new focus:
“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.
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”
As Paul writes to the Philippian church, he emphasizes a powerful biblical principle. Like an athlete competing in a race, the focus of people of faith must center on the object of our hope—the Lord. The difficulty of the challenge, the obstacles along the way and the exertion required all fade into the background as the goal becomes the preeminent driving force.
The goal for Christians is spiritual maturity. Indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the focus of our life is no longer the same. Now, our purpose for living is to bring our attitudes and actions into conformity to the Word of God enabling us to be a visible testimony to God’s work in our lives. Such a life requires a choice. Paul made that choice and encouraged others to do the same.
Rather than succumbing to the attitudes, objectives, values and pressures of prevailing culture, you can determine to live the life of faith in conformity with the principles of God’s Word. Your life can be defined by spiritual maturity with consequent power to reflect the character of our Lord who is the ultimate example.
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken authentically communicates biblical truth making his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added).
1) Israel Defense Forces – 4th Annual Ground Forces Race, June 2, 2011. By Israel Defense Forces (4th Annual Ground Forces Race) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios