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Keep Pressing Forward

Philippians 3:12-14  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Complacency is one of the greatest hindrances within the realm of American Christianity. There is a sense of satisfaction without going to the point of sacrifice. Christianity in America is one where people have become way too satisfied with status quo. They get to a certain point in their Christian walk and they start to become inactive. It is as though they feel like in their heart that they have arrived. This text teaches against such thinking.

Paul said he has not yet apprehended. In other words, Paul states that no matter how advanced he has become in his Christian life that he has not arrived to the place he believes he needs to be. What is basically being said is that I am forgetting everything that is behind me and I am going to keep pressing forward. The key principle is that we cannot allow ourselves to get so caught up with past accomplishments and past failures that we allow them to prevent advancement. We have to keep pressing forward. It may require endurance. It may require effort. It may require suffering. No matter the requirement we have to press forward.

The mark is always Jesus. If we cannot see Jesus in the mirror then we have work that needs to be done. This means that we cannot compare ourselves by ourselves nor should we compare ourselves to others. We look to Jesus. If we do not look like Jesus then we keep pressing forward. Basically, we cannot stop pressing forward until we arrive at the feet of Jesus. We can stop advancing when we make it to Jesus. He is our mark and He is our finish line. Christian, we must keep pressing forward.

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