Press Toward the Mark

In the letter to the Philippians, Paul makes the following statement, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). The picture that Paul was trying to convey was a runner looking at the distant marker which signified the finish line. The word "press" means to run swiftly. Paul was pursuing the prize for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

As Christians, we need to realize that we need to have a high calling of God in Christ Jesus in our lives. When we become "born again," we were born into a family called to run a race. The race is for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The highest calling that a man can have is the calling of God in Christ Jesus.

This calling of God in Christ Jesus means we are called to be priests and to offer up spiritual sacrifices. A priest is a mediator, one who stands between God and men, for men. This means the high calling of God in Christ Jesus includes being a channel or conduit through which God can reach humanity.

Daily we face obstacles, but daily the need is there for those around us who don't know God and are ignorant of His way. Daily we face obstacles, but there is an unlimited supply in the Spirit of our Lord and Savior. Daily we face obstacles, but we must press toward the mark for ourselves, our families, and those around us.

Paul also says, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded..." (Philippians 3:15). In other words, if we are going to be mature Christians, we must continue to press toward the mark. Let us continue to press, knowing that God is going to move and pour out His spirit and that there is a prize both here and in the life to come.

 

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