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Not There Yet
The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Devoted to Philippians.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
I talked previously about Paul pressing on as if he were still striving for Heaven, even though he already knew his eternal fate. But now, in response to his attitude-adjustment to not ACT like Heaven were assured, he presses on. Again.
Press on is the Greek word dioko, which means to run swiftly, pursue, run away from, etc. He is actively pushing forward to attain Heaven. No matter what his fate (remember, he’s still on trial for his life), he will keep pressing forward presenting the Gospel and living a life worthy of Christ.
We should never let ourselves think “I’m OK. I’ve got Heaven in the bag. I can relax now.” We should always do as Paul did: push forward towards living a life worthy of the sacrifice Jesus offered.
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