Over the next few days, I want to focus our attention on what Paul thought was his highest reward. We will begin with Philippians 3:14; “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
How do we “press on toward the goal” or reward? Part of the answer is in the previous verse. “One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,” (3:13). In most of my dealings with people who have difficulty growing in their walk with the Lord, they are carrying too much weight of past events and failures so they are not able to “strain forward” to reach their prize. Rather than having “one thing” as their objective, they fill their lives with “things” that distract, confuse priorities, and weaken their spiritual strength and endurance. That phrase (“straining forward”) gives us the picture of a runner leaning forward as he runs, putting every movement of his body into reaching his goal as quickly as possible. There are no wasted movements or energy, but his mind is bent on the efficiency of his body so that he reaches the finish line and receives the prize.
What “lies ahead” for you? What is your goal and prize? We will discuss this more tomorrow. While you are thinking about this issue in your life, reread Hebrews 12:1-2 and ask the Lord to reveal any “weight and sin which clings so closely” so you can repent of it and get it removed.
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