I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. - Webster's Bible with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
What causes God's call to become dim in our hearing? Paul uses the language of the athletic field of competition, exhorting us to press forward, while calling us to forget that which is behind—our past fears, our past focus, and our past failures. Will he be saved? Still in a Work in Progress 3:
Paul uses the language of the athletic field of competition, exhorting us to press forward, while calling us to forget that which is behind—our past fears, our past focus, and our past failures.
We are called to new faith that overcomes fear. We are called to new values that overcome self.
Press in for values that overrule self. Focus personal goals only on serving others, not your own convenience. Give your life away because to save it, you will inevitably lose it.
To find your life is to lay it down—first at the feet of Jesus and then in the face of the challenges of your life.
We are called to great grace that overcomes failure. The One who calls you has already won. Keep your eyes on Him… even if you stumble, He will carry you on.
In the Olympic games in Barcelona, one of the greatest candidates for the gold medal in the meter run was Derek Redmond of Britain. Just meters out, his Achilles tendon snapped. A startled gasp erupted out of the crowd as they watched him stumble, then catch himself and continue.I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Weymouth New Testament with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God's heavenward call in Christ Jesus.
Limping painfully down the course, he remained intent on finishing the race, no matter how long it took. As the other runners sped by, a figure pushed his way out of the stands and onto the track. If we will just stay on track, we can go the distance, because we have a heavenly Father who will come, put His arms around us, undergird us, and see us through to the end.
The Lord is calling each of us to go the distance, but on His terms. Matthew Henry Commentary 3: He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labours or present measures of grace.Press toward the mark
He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavours.That is why he is stretching forward, pressing to obtain it. Men of God do not "beat the air" or "run in vain" in their pursuit of "the mark. Paul has been talking about trading every religious advantage he has for the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus in his fullness.
Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts.
In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven.
Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites.
Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it.
If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be.It depends on how we choose to look at it. Here, our affection is the area of activity. What causes God's call to become dim in our hearing?
There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection.