Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pressing on Toward the Goal

While in prison, Paul writes a letter to the church in Philippi. In the letter he describes his deep desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus and know "the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings". (Philippians 3:10) Paul longs to have such a deep personal and intimate relationship with Jesus that he wants to endure the sufferings and resurrection that Jesus experienced so that he can have that intimate relationship with his savior.

This scripture, written by Paul in Philippians 3, really spoke to me. Paul knows that he isn't perfect and that he still hasn't obtained his goal, but he "presses on to take hold of that which is Christ Jesus". Paul also writes that he has forgotten what is behind him but he continually strains for what is ahead...."To press on toward the goal to win the ultimate prize for which God has called him heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14)

Isn't that ultimately what we should want? Instead of accepting a complacent superficial existence, shouldn't we all strive to have the same intimate relationship Paul desires? In order to reach that goal, we need to forget our past sins and the guilt that consumes us because of them. Jesus wants to have an intimate relationship with all of us so that we can have the joyful personal satisfaction in knowing we met that goal on earth and the reward granted to us in heaven! It is my belief that if we continuously strive to obtain the goal it will, in turn, fullfill our existence here on earth.

I know that I am not perfect! Knowing that Jesus still wants to know me and have a personal relationship with me, despite my imperfections, is an amazing feeling. I can rejoice in knowing that whatever I endure in the future, whatever trials or tribulations I face, as long as I have a relationship with Jesus, "whether I am fed or hungry, living well or in want, I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!" (Philippians 4:13)

Take a minute today to praise God for sending us his perfect son so that we can strive to have an intimate personal relationship with Him which will in turn allow us to win the heavenly prize that God has provided for us all.

Blessed in Christ,
Amanda

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