Pressing On

Pressing On

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 3:12-14 NIV)

The definition of press on is:  to continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way; to continue to do something especially in a determined way.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians (passage shown above) encourages all believers to continue moving forward in their Christian life.  He especially wants us to have a sense of determination because there is a definite prize ahead of us that we long to receive.  Our hearts must be resolved so that we will stay the course.

Our prize is eternal life with Jesus Christ in heaven.  There is no arriving at the destination without understanding that Jesus is the Way.  Eternal life is truly the gift of God which we obtain through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

And we will encounter road blocks, challenges, tribulations, and trials along the way.  At these points we need to seek the Lord, and to change whatever is necessary in our lives in order to continue on our way.

In a very real, spiritual sense, we need to pursue Christ with fortitude because in doing so we show our resolve to claim Him as our own Savior and Lord.  We surrender all and follow His example, His footsteps, and His teachings in order to attain eternal fellowship with Christ.  Glory to God!

Pursue What is Good

Pursue What is Good

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  (15) See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.  (1 Thes 5:14-15)

Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  (Ps 34:14)

Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.  (Isa 1:17)

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.  (1 Tim 6:11)

Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.  (1 Pet 3:11)

These passages from God’s Word remind us that we’re advised to chase, track, or hunt “good.”  What do you think that God means by that?  We understand the concept of chasing or pursuing something, but what exactly does God really mean by saying that we should hunt what is good?

I believe that God is saying that we should seek what is inherently or innately good.  We should seek to do good for other people; and desire what is best for ourselves, our families, and our friends.  The Bible says that we should ALWAYS pursue what is good.  This indicates a level of energy and consistency that most of us do not undertake. 

Connecting with this truth effectively so that we actually exemplify loving one another is an outworking of “loving our neighbor as ourselves.”  (Lev 19:18; Mt 19:19; 22:39; Rom 13:8)  Remember, too, that God blesses our obedience. 

He also blesses us when we look for and are thankful for all of the good that actually exists in our lives on a moment-by-moment, ongoing, and daily basis.  He wants us to see (recognize) the good, to recognize Him in it, and to glorify Him for it. 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  (Ps 27:13)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  (Ps 34:8)

In others words, He doesn’t wants us to be fault-finders, criticizers and complainers; but rather, He desires a people filled with love, peace, and a thankful heart!