Philippians 3:14 – I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Because Paul realized that he had not arrived, there was only one option open for him. He had to press on. There was no turning back for Him. “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. The first is, “I must do it all” and the second is, “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. “But I press on” meant that Paul had put his hand to the plow and refused to look back (Luke 9:62). Paul pressed on for what Jesus wanted. His effort was put forth to do God’s will, not his own.
We all get bogged down, from time to time, by the struggles that are always upon us. Not this week! The challenge I have for you this week, is to set your mind on crossing the finish line, every single 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. When you want to give up and quit, ask God to give you the strength to overcome the pressure and continue upon His path. Do not listen to the Devil whispering in your ear that you are not good enough, strong enough or capable enough to push through. Because, with God’s help, you can do anything that the Lord calls you to. Remember, God has a prize waiting for you at the end of your race. So, press on! God bless you.