Press on

Date: Friday, November 1

ScripturePhilippians 3:12-4:1

Verse: Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:12)

In some aspects of our lives, we long to arrive. Students cannot wait to graduate. Some singles yearn for their wedding day. In our work we want to hit that sales goal or be promoted to the corner office. Our culture tends to steer us this way. We hear the slogans – you have to dream it to achieve it. So, we set goals, work toward the day when we can say we have “arrived.”

I fear we sometimes allow this way of thinking to seep into our faith journeys as well. We talk about becoming a Christian, as if that is an end.

While responding to a question in a class one evening Pastor Bob said this, “Christian is not a status, but a vocation.” I’m certain the Apostle Paul, the author of today’s text, would agree.

If anyone would ever have credibility saying they had arrived as a Christian, it would be Paul. He had devoted the entirety of his life to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even in the face of shipwrecks, arrests, and prison terms. He had started churches, and is the author of the majority of the New Testament. Yet when he talks about being a Christian in today’s passage, he refuses to use arrival language. He writes, “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on…” Christian is not an end, not a status. It is a journey, a vocation.

Some of us learn that the hard way. When we graduate or get promoted, we still have to get up and go to work every day. We aren’t done, but we have a new task. So it is with our faith journeys. We haven’t arrived because we can call ourselves Christians. Instead, we have a new vocation toward which we press on!

Prayer: Spur me on Lord Jesus, that I may continue to walk in your way. Amen.

Action: Do something in the next 48 hours that is “pressing on” toward the goal of living like Jesus.

Respond: Have you ever “arrived” only to find there was more work to do? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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