As you know, (and if you didn’t, now you do, or you’re about to…) I have a goal of memorizing a scripture a week in 2016. Last week I memorized Ephesians 3:20-21 (barely!). For Scripture Memory Challenge: Week 2, I am going to memorize Philippians 3:13-14.
As I read this verse, I was thinking… man, this should be new life verse.
I am still not all I should be.
This is a fact that gnaws at me more than I care to admit. But the thing is, none of us are all that we should be. In the previous verses, of this passage the apostle Paul is talking about striving to be like Christ – something every single one of us should be doing. And something we all fall short at.
I am focusing all my energies on this one thing…
He had singular purpose. He knew his goal. His eye was on the prize and that was what he threw his whole heart and life into.
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
The apostle Paul was, undoubtedly, familiar with races. In fact, Paul spent his second missionary journey in Corinth where the Isthmian games were held every two years. He knew what it took to win a race. He knew that runners could not look back. No matter what happened, they had to stay focused – looking ahead. They couldn’t allow anything that had happened during the race to distract them. What was behind them had to stay behind them if they wanted to win.
There was no turning back.
I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize…
Today, in the Olympics there are three different medals awarded at the end of a race. This was not the case in ancient games. There was one prize . One crown. There was no such thing as second place or “second best”. You either won or you lost.
This all or nothing mindset is why Paul strained to reach the end of the race. Whatever challenges or obstacles he would face, he was determined to win. There was no other option.
This is the kind of tenacity I want to have in my Christian life. I want a mindset like Paul’s – the mindset that says there is no choice but to be like Christ. I want to have the singular focus that Paul had. I want to look at what is in front of me, not what is behind me. I want to keep my eye on the prize!
God, help me to focus all my energies on this one thing.