Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Pressing on Toward the Goal
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Paul exhorts the church, (that’s us,) to continue towards our goal. We want what Christ has for us. Even though righteousness we are part of God’s kingdom, that does not relieve us from continuing to work towards our goals.
Yes, we are saved because of what Christ did, not because of anything we did. Part of the deal is that we need to spread the gospel and love each other. If we accept the love of Christ but do not show it or spread it, we are behaving like spoiled little children. If we want to be mature christians, we have to act like them.
Prayer- Lord, keep us making positive strides towards You. We want and seek the prize, and we want others to take it as well. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.