Read Philippians 3:12-16
In Philippians 3:12-16, we see Paul writing to encourage his brothers and sisters in Christ to continue to press on toward the goal, taking daily steps towards the life that Christ Jesus has called them towards.
Paul was consistently writing to encourage and lead the churches that had been established in the days following Christ’s death. In this passage, we see that despite Paul’s wisdom and leadership, he admits that he has not “already been made perfect” or that he hasn’t “arrived”.
While Paul may not have fully arrived into the fullness of life that Christ has placed within him, he recognizes that for the sake of his spiritual growth he must forget the things of the past, and strain toward the things in the future. This continued strain pushes Paul forward to the heavenly prize that Jesus has prepared for him.
Paul closes out this passage by encouraging the reader to have a similar mindset. Paul gives a reminder of this “now, but not-yet” mentality by reminding the reader to “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
In the same way, we have the chance to press onward toward the goal that Christ has set before us. Daily, we have the chance to put the ways of the past behind us, and press onward toward the spiritual growth that can be found within Christ.
While we may have already received our salvation from Jesus, that does not mean that this is the end of our journey. We must continue to pursue growth daily, deepening our walk with Christ in preparation for the day He returns.
Paul gives us this reminder to forget the things that are behind us, so that we can run without being held back by our old way of life, or the things that previously kept us from moving forward. We have the opportunity to daily take our next step in faith, pressing on toward the goal of a life fulfilled by Jesus.
Today, reflect on your personal walk with Christ. Is there anything in your past that is holding you back from spiritual growth? What are some areas in your life that you are or have experienced growth? In what areas to you need to still experience growth?