The Race And The Goal


Lets consider the scripture Philippians 3 verse 13 to 14. {Amplified Bible}.

v 13 “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]: but one thing I do  – it is my one aspiration; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.”

v 14 “I press on towards the goal to win the {supreme and heavenly } prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.”

The basis experience of Paul’s life was of being encountered and then captured by the living Christ. God wanted Paul and He got him. Paul hadn’t sought God, God had sought him. That was what happened on the Damascus road, and it turned Paul’s life around. When Paul was in prison, he didn’t sit around in the security of his spiritual cell, safe and sound, he became more active then ever. It wasn’t a compulsive, religious self conscious activity of doing something fro God, it was from the freedom Paul had found in Christ Jesus. Through Christ Jesus Paul had received and come to realize the excitement and wonder of serving a wonderful Lord and Friend.

Most people if they hit hard times and Paul was in prison where he could have felt sorry for himself, but Paul was pressing on “and running” but no it wasn’t to show God what He could do.  It was to see what God was doing and to personally appropriate what had been given to Him in Christ Jesus.  Paul was experiencing and exploring all the ramifications of being Forgiven, and Loved and Blessed.

Just because we don’t have to do anything to be saved. We only have to believe and accept what Our Lord and Our Friend did on the cross.

Our salvation doesn’t mean there is nothing important for us to do. It means that all of us can now give all of our energies to being human and living in the rich and wonderful experience of Grace. Grace is undeserved favor, but freely given to all who believe and accept.

Try it, and ask Jesus if you haven’t already to become Your Lord and Your Friend.

God Bless. O F J

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