Last week I shared the Apostle Paul’s three-fold passion of knowing Christ, fellowshipping with his suffering and becoming like Christ in his own death, and I explained how I hope to grow into those same desires. I even wondered what I would have to go through and how long I’d have to go through it in order to have such a passionate desire to be like my Savior and to know him on such a deep and personal level.
I am encouraged this week to read the following verses in Philippians 3:12-14 as Paul confesses that he has not yet attained his goal. He continues to pursue this passion and works on developing consistency in its pursuit. This passage also motivates me to continue to grow and develop my relationship with Christ.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 3:12-14
Paul’s motive is clear; he desires to grasp the same thing that motivated Jesus to grasp him – love and grace. God’s love and grace flow through Jesus and ought to flow through us as well. Paul admits that he has not yet grasped this, but he is not taking it lightly and not giving up.