Press On! - 13 October 2021
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Of all the Israelites, perhaps no one strove harder to please God than Saul of Tarsus. Every area of his life conformed strictly to the Law. No one could accuse this respected Pharisee of lacking zeal. He was a man with a mission-a mission to please and serve God.
But on the road to Damascus, Saul’s life changed entirely. From now on, he would no longer try to please God himself. Instead, he would press on with the goal of knowing Christ. I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8 Saul (now called Paul) had a new mission-a mission that remained constant amid ever-changing circumstances. It didn’t matter whether he was preaching to a crowd or sitting in a damp prison. Paul now had one goal before which everything in his life bowed. Paul wanted to know his Lord.
How about you? Is knowing Christ–fellowshipping, trusting, and depending on Him-the goal toward which you’re striving? Ask God to help you press on to know Him today.
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It seems as though I sometimes “forget” just who I am in Christ. Does this happen to you, too? Let’s remind ourselves of a few things today.
The story of the prodigal son is a good place to start. This young man had arrogantly demanded his “rightful” inheritance from his father – sounds like a bad case of “entitlement” to me – and then had gone and squandered it on his idea of how to live life. When he discovered that “his way” wasn’t working out for him, he decided to return and apologize – just hoping to catch on with the hired hands at the ranch.
But instead, look what he got – full and total restoration to his original place in the family. Now, do we read this as just a nice story with a happy ending or was Jesus pointing out to us the story of our own lives? Don’t answer that with your “Sunday school” answer. It is more than just a great story.
It is YOUR story.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Friends, I sat in church for many years and never really comprehended (believed!) that this was MY story.
Because of the work of Jesus and my choice to follow Him, I now know the Truth.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine." Isaiah 43:1
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9
God has run out to meet me and restored me to the family. His child; His son, with all its privileges and glory. I have been saved and delivered from the slavery that I chose before.
As disciples of Jesus, we are being transformed into His likeness. We are free, redeemed, and changed in our nature. Our identity and purpose are His.
All of this is ours to claim and receive.
I pray that you will take time today to remember and reflect on this reality. Resist the temptation to rush on or to listen to the enemy’s lies about this.
We are restored to the family of God. We ARE His children.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
Oh my, you are loved!
"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
We believe that there is nothing more important to man than to be reconciled to God through His Son. We want to know Jesus more and more and to help others do likewise. We desire to be obedient and Christlike by being doers of the Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22). We want to be salt and light to the world by following the Luke 4 mandate where Jesus describes His ministry. We will seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit at all times as He leads us into the specifics of our ministry work. We will work from our Spiritual gifts and calling with a servant attitude doing all of this to bring glory to God and not ourselves. And we will be intentional in working to resolve spiritual, relational, and material poverty in our community and anywhere else where we may have influence.
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