In pursuit of His best
In pursuit of His bestI don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. Philippians 3:12-16 God wants His followers to reach the goal He set for their lives. The apostle Paul from the text described what Christian life is all about. It included a destination that each one should strive to reach. To be in the presence of God in heaven is the ultimate destination yet while still here on earth the goal is spiritual maturity. Maturity is pursuing God’s will for your life. The journey included the knowledge that what God had set in your life is what He knows is best for you. Once you head out in living this new life He gave you, you will notice the transformation taking place in your life. You will not be contented in remaining the same but just like what Paul said, you “press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed.” This is God’s best for you. And just like what Paul realized, you “have not achieved it.” God saved you to become all He wants you to be. Others may have their opinion as to who you should be or even what you think you should be. Yet, it should be God’s plan for your life that should prevail. Stop fretting as you think if you have arrived to the life He wants you to have instead focus on Him and the purpose He set out for you. Do not let the past slow you down instead forge ahead today pursuing what He wants for you so that you can be the person He wants you to be. There are times that you might not agree to what He is doing in your life and the changes that are taking place, but just like when Paul understood that this is part of God’s will for his life, he welcomed it. “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 4:18).