The Prize is Waiting Just For You

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 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14

 Paul’s wish was a heavenly one.  He understood that this world had absolutely nothing to give him.  Simply put,  his faith was the bulldozer type.  He pressed forward, and he would not compromise or vacillate.  He would have all that Jesus promised.

“If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.”

 Vance Havner

Paul ‘presses’ and his goal is very close.  He is God’s ‘pit bull,’ and once he latches on, everything changes.  He wants the prize.  We can only look and wonder.  What Paul has faced should empower us, and give us a sense of what is real.  Life is just a little bit away.  If we turn we will never see it.

There is a life that is far beyond what we think is possible.  Our only real option is to press into what has been pledged.  We must cling to all these ‘possible promises.’  But we must let Him decide what is true.  He has promised us life, and we cannot turn from this.  He is not some ‘shyster or a liar.’  We must push forward and then proclaim Him as ‘Lord of the Guarantee.’

He alone is worthy of such concentrated focus.  We must admit that there is no one who can compare.  Jesus Christ has an intensity and a radical commitment to what is really real and really true.  We must turn to Him and beseech Him to become Lord and King.  No one can compare.

Paul has a deep conviction.  We must follow him, and duplicate his focus.  We must concentrate on his aspirations, and follow him into what is true.  Real Brokenbelievers have very few directions to go.  Paul’s focus and direction should direct and motivate us into a very different direction than what this world system offers us.

“Press on”, or reach for a fresh understanding of Grace and goodness.  Simply put, you really have few options.  Captivity is very degrading and we lose our way very quickly.  We really are much more than this.

Please consider all the good that has been given to you.  The presence of Jesus is not to be trifled with.  He gives all that He is, to bring you to Himself.  But we must commit, and turn His heart to us.  His love is amazing, and all those who turn to Him are brought into safety.


kyrie eleison, Bryan



Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

2 thoughts on “The Prize is Waiting Just For You”

  1. i want to thankyou for all your postings. they are very encouraging. but i have found in this changing upside down world that nothing seems to make sense anymore. wrong is right and right is wrong. so many times we are isolatrd alone especially having a mental illness or tbi and running towards the prize seems fruitless. i dont fit in my communitee, my family has disowned me, my children are disgrundled with me because im not like other parents, my supporters give up on me and walk away and the system threatens to take my benefits and leave me homeless unless i od on there psychotropic and antidepressant drugs. i am deeply hurt and in pain and hopeless at this point. i fought for recovery in peoples lives for elevan years using myself as an example and i suffered TBI recently that set me back. instead of help and support im given tough love abandonment from the church which that cruelty was beyond description or i am penelized by the system for not taking their drugs ( which would slow me down further) with loss of benefits and thus homelessness. maybe there is a time when we should pursue the prize of the high calling of christ by closing our eyes and never waking up. he is the only consistant, but the church, the system, people, none of them make any sense anymore. i am ready to go home. i dont want to continue here anymore.


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