NE of the more inspiring verses to come from the pen of the Apostle Paul is found here in Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Paul was describing his own mindset. However, he was also giving us an example to follow (vs. 17). Paul was not stuck in the past. Part of his past was commendable, and part of it was basically deplorable, but it made no difference to him. He was looking forward (vs. 13). His whole objective was to get closer to God (vs. 8-10). And he desired to see this same mentality in all believers. He encouraged all of his readers to press on. We should be growing in grace. We should be moving onward and upward.
Sadly, many Christians cannot honestly claim this as their constant spiritual experience (vs. 18-19). It is too easy to stagnate, or worse to revert back to our former faults. If Paul were to preach a revival meeting for us today, he would surely remind us of who we are in Christ. We should strive to live up to our name and heritage (vs. 20). He would certainly remind us of what our ultimate destination is (vs. 21). I’m confident that he would call on us very simply to push forward; to strive hard; to press on for Jesus.