Begin by Setting High Goals
“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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
We can’t change yesterday and we can’t change the part of today that is behind, but what we can do is set high goals and then do something each day to reach those goals. You don’t have to go hog-wild and do a lot but each day aim toward your dreams and goals in life.
Paul was a person we can admire on his example and journey through life. He worked hard to spread the gospel around the world! Paul suffered many things yet he still forged on! But Paul was a man who knew that there was more to do, places he must go to, and things he must do. He knew that in all that he had done in life for helping further the kingdom of God that he had not yet arrived at the place the Lord wanted him to be, so what he did was he kept reaching out for more! He didn’t ever fail because he had set backs. Everything he did took him further and he accomplished much on his walk through the world.
Paul when he says be perfect is actually telling you to grow in the Lord Spiritually and to keep reaching for more. Don’t think you are there yet. If you are alive you still have work to do. Think about this a moment we all want to grow up in the Lord and we do grow and God keeps revealing things to us. Because God keeps revealing the things He wants us to know and learn we will keep maturing when we stay locked onto Jesus. We will grow but never fully get there until Jesus comes. Just stay tuned into the Lord and each and everything you do to help the kingdom God always knows. Our part of “perfect” is we know who is God, we do what He says, and we keep marching toward the kingdom of God.
If Jesus is our Lord and Savior no matter what church we go to and we do things God’s way and stand for what God stands for we are all brothers and sisters in the Lord.
There are things in our lives that obstruct our walk with the Lord and with our spiritual growth. God will reveal those things to us. It is up to us to get rid of them. If they are long-time habits or learned behaviors then we will need His help to get rid of them. God is our heavenly Daddy and just like when we as children do something wrong our earthly daddy/or mom had to make decisions to help us along the way even if they were not popular and even if we did not like them.
In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” For what resolution is the cross used? It is for dying. We need to die to the things that hamper our relationship with God. We need to die to our “self” which is our pride, our self-esteem, our “what’s in it for me?” attitudes.
You have not arrived at a place of full understanding about God and about what He wants for you. It is not possible. Do not be contented with where you are now. Reach out, learn more, seek God’s will, find out more about Him, and read your Bible. It is a daily process. Don’t ever get comfortable and stop growing. You’ll miss out on so very much! Stay focused on God and keep your eyes on the prize.