My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
(Philippians 3:13 NASB)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:14 NASB)
Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if
in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to
(Philippians 3:15 NASB)
however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.
(Philippians 3:16 NASB)
Paul believed that day in and day out he, whether he was a prisoner
or free he was to be pressing on toward the goal of his life. He
always believed there was more for him as he was called upward in Christ
Jesus. For him the spiritual journey was always a continuous upward
climb because Jesus Christ was always before him. He even encouraged
those who had been made complete (or perfect) to have the very same
attitude. That is, Paul understood that the goal of the Christian life
was to always have Christ before you, and for you always to be reach out
and up toward Him; a life in which you continuously pressed on toward
Sometimes we fail to understand a very important point here. There
has been a misunderstanding regarding perfection. You see that Paul
uses this word here to refer to other followers of Christ. They had
reached perfection, and yet, he encourages them to press on. That is
because Paul understood that the perfection that one could attain here
on earth was to fulfill the purpose for which you had been created --
that is, to be a child of God. Paul would say that he had been made
perfect. Look what Christ had done for him on the Damascus road and now
Paul was following and serving God every single day of his life. And
yet -- Paul realized that his life was to be one of continual
transformation as he kept his eyes fixed on God. The Cappadocians of
the 4th century talked about our ever increasing participation in God.
As we climb up higher in our spiritual journey we are becoming more and
more like Him because we are ever more participating in Him. However,
we must recognize that God is infinite, and therefore our ever
increasing participation can and should go on forever. Paul had this
figured out. He ever kept Christ before him as the example and
continued to seek the face of God day in and day out, no matter his
circumstances. He never gave up pressing on!
Lord, may I never give up pressing on toward You. May You be revealed in my life on a daily basis. Amen.