Isaiah 66:1-24 / Philippians 3:1-21 / Psalm 74:1-23 / Proverbs 24:15-16
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.”
Salvation is the ultimate prize, but our Heavenly Father is SO AMAZING, He not only offers us eternal life, He makes available a truck load of other awesome prizes along the way: supernatural peace, safety, adventure (plans and purposes), fruitful/thriving relationships, creativity beyond our natural abilities, VISION and abundant LIFE right here on earth!
Whether good or bad, our past shouldn’t limit or define us. Out future depends on the fresh things God is doing in us and through us.
It’s actually a crazy thought not to wholeheartedly pursue the Lord. Seriously…with all the “WONDERFUL” that God wants to give us in this life and for eternity, a person would have to be nuts to turn their back and walk away in order to pursue those things that are limited, finite and empty.
So, with all that said, LET’S PRESS ON TOWARD THE PRIZE as we enjoy the prizes God makes available to us along the way!