Philippians 3:14 – I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
“I press!” carries the idea of an intense endeavor. The Greeks used it to describe a hunter eagerly pursuing his prey. No one becomes a winner by listening to lectures, watching movies, reading books, or cheering at the games. You become a winner by getting into the game and determining to win! There are two extremes to avoid: (1) “I must do it all” and (2) “God must do it all!” both are heading for failure. The Christian with the spiritual mind realizes that God must work in you if you are going to win. “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). God first must work in you so that He might work through you.
We all get bogged down by the struggles that are always before us. Not this week! The challenge I have for you this week is to set your mind on crossing the finish line every day. Failure is not an option for you this week. No matter what happens, you are going to rise above your circumstances and see the victory God has for you. Pressing toward the goal means not looking back and not looking around, but focusing on the finish line. When you begin to feel weak, remind yourself that you are going to press through and receive the prize that God has called you to. God bless you.