“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.” Philippians 3:12
In the beginning of this verse, Paul reminds us we are a work in progress. As believers we’re to constantly be growing in our faith and relationship with the Lord. There is no time here on earth when we’ve learned all we can about God. One of the wonderful things about God is that He is infinite. He has no beginning and no end and neither does His love for us. Ephesians 2:7, says, “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” For all of eternity we will be learning of his great grace towards us. With this in mind, Paul says to “press on.” To press on means to run after or pursue after. What are we to pursue? Jesus! Knowing Him and becoming like Him is to be our goal and aim in this life.
The end of Philippians 3:12 tells us we are to “lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of me.” This reveals two things: Jesus has a plan for each believer, and we are to take hold of His plan and press on in it. In Ephesians 2:10, we read, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” God has a plan for you! He loves you so much He mapped out a path unique to you. There may be trials and struggles along the way, but each one is for the purpose of bringing you closer to Him. Our part is to press on. Like a runner in a race, we are to run focused on the goal. Our goal is to be more like Jesus. We are to know Him, follow Him and live for Him.
“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1b-2a
Remember, God saved you for a purpose. Make following Jesus the pursuit of your life, and keep moving towards Him. Don’t get caught up in past mistakes or former glories. As Paul said:
“…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14