walk in the word
Category: Faith, Character, God’s Word, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Philippians 3:12-15
The number one complaint of people struggling in their marriage is the lack of focus and fervency. Women say things like, “Man, what happened to you? You used to be so thoughtful. Where did that guy go when we got home from the honeymoon?” Men say almost the same thing. “Girl, you could not keep your hands off me when we were dating! Where’s all that?”
The very same thing can happen in our relationship with the Lord. I wonder if He would say to any of us, “Those first days were so great. You loved Me, and you loved My Word, and you were so fervent; you wanted to grow. So what happened? Where did that person go?”
If you’ve known the Lord for a while, you may have set the cruise control and are thinking: I’m happy with my spiritual life where it is. I’ve got the major stuff in place. Oh, there might be a little tweaking to do over the next few years, but for the most part I can coast into heaven. How tragic! Whoever thinks that needs to get their focus and fervency back. We have not yet begun to plumb the depths of all that is ours in Christ. We must maintain the same passion . . . and even more passion than what we had when we first came to Christ.
You may read this and think, “I don’t agree. I don’t think you have to be spiritually passionate all the time.” Well, you’re just wrong about that. There’s so much more! The further you go in Christ, the more you want to see how much more there is—more of Him, more of His Spirit’s power, so much more to be experienced and enjoyed. The fervency to go after needs to go up with time and maturity, not down.
When Paul wrote Philippians, he had been walking with the Lord for decades. Still, he said, “Not that I . . . am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own” (3:12.) “I haven’t arrived,” he said. “So I’m going after more! I’ve got a lot of growth ahead of me in my relationship with Jesus. I’m going after it!”
So where does that leave us? I know that I haven’t arrived . . . but I’m pressing on! I want the highest and the best and the most God has planned for me in Christ Jesus. Don’t you want that too?
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