Moving Forward

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14

 

While reading a book by A. W. Tozer, a Lent Devotional, I happened upon this Bible Verse.

It is a great Scripture to put some pep in your step and fill your heart with confidence.

We are complete in Christ when we believe. Yet we must press on to work with the Holy Spirit to become more and more transformed, to become more like Christ. Our salvation is secure, but God’s work in us won’t be complete until our race in life is done.

After I had picked this verse as the subject for today’s Blog Post, I realized with delight it is fitting as soon I will have completed another 365 days of my life journey.

What about you? Are you striving towards the goal to win the prize onward and upward to Jesus?

In The Message translation of Philippians 3:14, we read;

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have made it. But I’m well on my way,

reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.

Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert

in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward to — Jesus.

I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

If you follow this blog, you know by now I recommend a literal translation of the Bible such as NIV, ESV, NKJV, because they are more accurate translations. Sometimes it is just fun to get a paraphrase to help us understand the gist of the meaning. The accuracy can get watered down with a paraphrase version of the Bible. Make sure you always have the more accurate Bible Versions with you, a literal translation, as listed above.

As Christians we are being “conformed to the image of Christ” or changed (transformed) little by little. It is a process, as we gradually advance towards the finish line. Sometimes we feel energetic and often we realize this spiritual growth is hard work. It can also seem tiring, like a race we have to give our all and we do. As Christians we need to keep running.

God calls us to give our all and we have the prize of heaven to look forward to one day. That is a goal worth striving for!

In the illustration from Scripture, Paul encourages us to run with purpose, and to aspire to keep on with holy aspiration.

As the finish line draws nearer, we persevere to the end. May it be that we can look back one day to see what advances we have made by the grace of God.

One day we will reach the ending line and hear the words, “well done, good and faithful servant” as we have sought to run for Jesus. That is the when we may rest forevermore.

Moving forward in faith, let us proceed in the race,
with strength from above and God’s mercy and grace.

Running with you in faith,

Liz

 

 

 

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