Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV) 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Now, see that the Apostle Paul says, in not so many words, that he has not arrived yet at full spiritual maturity. In effect, Paul is saying that he does not know it all, and he is not perfect. But so many believers are so happy in their own ignorance; they think they know it all, and some even think that they are perfect. Paul did not think that way, but he says one day he will be perfect. One day we all will be like Christ. And that day will be when He returns. Until then, we ought to do like Paul, and make Christ the center point of our lives. “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Leaving behind our old nature, and press forward in our new nature which is in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. And even so, in our new nature we make mistakes. I am not talking about sin, because our new nature in Christ cannot sin. But what I am talking about, is that even in our new nature we can make bad decisions. And our bad decisions have consequences. In other words, we can mess things up. But we should not let these bad decisions handicap our spiritual growth. Learn from these mistakes, and “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” My friends, the prize that we strive for is not some earthly reward but it is to be caught up and be in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at His second coming. Jesus will call all who belongs to Him by faith, “Come up here.” We are going to be in the presence of our Savior. We are going to be like Christ. Now, to be clear, Paul is not talking about working for our salvation. Works does not produce faith. Rather faith produces works. In other words, good works is the evidence of, or the fruit of our salvation. Salvation is a gift. It is a gift from God. It is God’s grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV). My friends, salvation is a gift which is accepted. God provided us a Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). Do you have Jesus? My friends, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). Jesus is the way. If you want to go to heaven, then you must accept Jesus as your Savior. Now, Paul, after accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior, is living his life for Christ. And we ought to do the same. We need to make Jesus everything to us, and we ought to live for Christ. Why? Because one day you will stand before the Bema Seat of Christ to give an account of the way you lived your life. My friends, if you have not done so already, get down on the race track and start living your life for Christ.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.