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Summary: Paul uses the analogy of a runner to describe the Christians spiritual growth. No living-breathing believer has reached their goal of Christlikeness, but like the runner in a race, you must continue to pursue it. To pursue means to begin to dream, to p

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Entering the Race Philippians 3: 12-14

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 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.

Paul uses the analogy of a runner to describe the Christians spiritual growth. No living-breathing believer has reached their goal of Christlikeness, but like the runner in a race, you must continue to pursue it.

To pursue means to begin to dream, to pursue means to change your way of thinking and maybe your lifestyle, to pursue means to prioritize, to pursue means to prepare.

Say this, “Preparation is the key.” An admirer of a famous person said, “So how did you become so successful?” The famous person replied, “About 40 years of training and staying committed.” ( Faithfulness and fruitfulness are synonymous.)

Philippians 3:12a Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on...

The Greek word for ‘Press on’ was used of a sprinter, and refers to aggressive, energetic action. The runner pursued with all his might, straining every muscle to win the prize.

I entered several races in my twenties. Two that I have good memory of- first a Midnight Flight 10K Race. I prepared, stretched, ate good carbs, however, the humidity was 100% and halfway through the race the socks in my shoes were sloshing with water.

The second race was a 10K race, called the Hartwell Dam Race. Near the end of the race I was in second place for my age division. There was a boy about a hundred yards behind me, and I was about 500 yards to the finish line. Suddenly, this boys father begin to yell, “Run, push it, push it, run, run, run, run!” He did, and around 50 yards to the finish line he passed me.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26NKJ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

Presently, everything you do spiritually is preparing for eternity. Wow, that’s heavy duty when you think about it.

Jesus Christ chose Paul for the ultimate purpose of conforming Paul into His very own image. Listen to Romans 8:29NLT For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Spiritually, what are you training for? Eternity? Sure, but how are you training?

1 Timothy 6:12NKJ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.


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