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As Paul wrote to the Philippians near the end of his life, he did not think he had yet attained this crown, but "this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind, I press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). This was the focus of his life.
As I have shared, I have at times been distracted from this focus, as many others likely have. But the greatest Christian life will be found in pursuit of this calling. If you have been distracted from it and are now drawn again into the greatest race of all, do not hesitate.
Two of the biggest traps for those who run the race for the high calling are pride and delusion. These will trip us up if we start to esteem ourselves better than others because we are doing more for the Lord, or if we begin to think we have attained to all we have been called to.
If the apostle Paul, near the end of such an extraordinary and monumental life, did not consider that he had yet attained to this high calling, it is likely we cannot know if we have attained in this life.
Those who do attain will be so lost in Christ that they are no longer focused on themselves and what they may be attaining. The higher we go in the pursuit of Him, the more we will forget about what we get and be devoted to seeing the Lord receive the reward of His sacrifice.
This is the true Galatians 2:20 life, when, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me."
How would we live if every day our main pursuit was not what we could get out of it, but what could we do for Him?
In the biblical realm, here's how both of these make good sense.
If God is that interested in us, isn't it only natural to be that interested in Him?
According to God's Word, here's all we need to do.
Telling you to love on the Lord when your heart is heavy may seem as emotionally out of place as a clown at a funeral. Nevertheless.
These 15 psalms of ascent can help you move you out of life's valleys and strengthen you on the climb.
We were created for worship and all people need to worship. But what is the key or the direction of our worship?
Many have been hurt or injured in many ways by the church. How can that trust be regained?
There is no substitute for faith in God. History rings the warning bells.
Did you know the Bible argues? Catch on to this and five other tips that will help you get more from your devotions.
God puts things in our path to build our faith. He also gives us assignments to root the fear out of our lives. How do we accomplish the assignments?
We all get impatient at times, especially when we are so desperate to see a dark world greatly impacted for Christ.
Have you been climbing a long time, making a lot of progress, but in one fell swoop, emotionally tumbled all the way down the trail?
All words carry a message, which make them powerful forces either for good or for evil. So what are you talking about?
"Not seeing is no reason for not believing."
If you think fear is a good excuse for not doing God's will, you'd better think again.
He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. How safe do you feel knowing that?
While the ministry of encouragement certainly has great value, here is a component of it that should be considered and avoided.
Even though the Lord loves you, you can still feel very alone and isolated. Put these two arrows in your quiver and fight back.