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Life is a Vapor We're here today Grace in Waves Because God gives grace for grace. I Surrender 2 Jesus. Bearing Precious Seed by Nella. Justified And Redeemed "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus," Romans En Route On life's journey together. Life in a Dying World. A journey of being loved by the Father. Maximum Effort Considering who Christ is and what He has done for you, your effort should not be less than Paul's: "I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus" v.
The Greek word translated "press on" was used of a sprinter who ran aggressively. That was the kind of effort Paul exerted — he ran toward Christ with all his might, straining every spiritual muscle to win the prize cf. That ought to be your mindset. There's only one race you ought to be running — and it takes maximum effort using the means of grace God has provided. No one is going to put forth that kind of effort, however, unless there is some reward at the end. Paul's prize, and ours, is the very purpose God had in saving us: "Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son" Rom.
God saved us so that we might become like Christ, and as a result, that should be our lifelong pursuit. Focused Concentration If an athlete competing in a race stands any possibility of winning, he must focus on the finish and ignore the distractions along the track, the other competitors, and even the crowd. Likewise, you must concentrate on attaining the goal of Christlikeness and not get distracted by worldly attractions and temptations.
Paul was well aware of those dangers. That's why he said, "I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead" Phil. How do you avoid the distractions of the world? By developing these two attitudes: First, forget your past. As a runner approaches the starting line, his past performances have no bearing on the race he is preparing to run.
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The same thing is true when we run the spiritual race in pursuit of Christ — the past is completely irrelevant. Your successes and failures in the past are insignificant to the present, let alone the future. You can't evaluate your usefulness by your former virtuous deeds and achievements in ministry; neither should you be debilitated by past sins and failures. Second, reach for the goal.
Instead of looking back, a good runner is always "reaching forward to what lies ahead" Phil. The Greek word for "reaching forward" refers to an intense stretching to the limit of one's capacity.
To run like that, you must forget the past and concentrate only on the goal ahead. Do you have that kind of concentration in your desire to become like Christ? To effectively pursue Christ, you must focus all your concentration on becoming like Him. Spiritual Motivation Paul was highly motivated in his pursuit of Christ: "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" v.
He was motivated by spiritual matters; he was not caught up in material comforts and worldly pursuits. His goal was to be like Christ, and he would receive his reward when God's upward call came. Christlikeness is both the goal and the prize we pursue. Remember, this pursuit is objective, not subjective. It is not a mystical experience, but an exposure to the truth about Christ revealed in the Bible. Scripture is the mirror that reflects His glory.
And when you gaze at it intently, you become like Him 2 Cor. Divine Assistance Every believer ought to have the attitude that he or she is not perfect Phil.
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Those who have that perspective regarding their spirituality will be ready to respond positively to God's correction. But if you have the wrong attitude about your spirituality, if you're content with the current level of your spiritual growth, then God will reveal your true condition. He might do so through chastening Heb. Consistent Effort No one can win a race with intermittent effort.
Christlikeness cannot be reached with that kind of effort either — it is an ongoing pursuit. So Paul says, "Let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained" Phil. The Greek verb translated "keep living" refers to walking in line. Just as a runner must stay in his lane and keep up the same effort until he reaches the finish, you must stay in line spiritually and keep moving forward toward the goal of Christlikeness.
One summer while visiting Europe, I came across a famous gravestone at the foot of one of those majestic mountains in the Alps. Underneath the individual's name the epitaph reads, "He died climbing. When it's time for the Lord to call you home, you ought to be pursuing Him.