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