There is more to learn from Paul and his statement in Philippians 3:14 and other references he makes about this same principle. Let’s go back to the first words in this verse; “I press on toward the goal.” Those first three words mean that Paul was “striving energetically with a purpose!” As he says in verse 12, “I press on” knowing that he had not yet reached the goal, but he was pursuing that goal with all his energy. He would not allow other things to distract him from that pursuit.
What was the “goal,” the “one thing” that Paul was so intent on reaching. It was “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Was it just “the power of His [Christ’s] resurrection” or “the resurrection from the dead” (3:10-11)? Was there more to this “the upward call of God?” Clearly it is each of the following:
· It is “in Christ Jesus” (3:14)
· Paul also wanted to “be found in Him” (3:9)
· How? Through the righteousness from God “through faith in Christ” (3:9)
Hebrews 3:1 calls this prize “a heavenly calling.” In 1 Thessalonians 2:12, Paul “exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12).
There is no greater goal than the prize of “obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:14). What are you putting all your energy into? Does it have this kind of reward?
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