PRESS TOWARD THE GOAL
What is your goal in life? Is it to prepare for? Is it to prepare for a solid future retirement? Is it to live life to the fullest at the present time? Enjoy things while you are able? There are many possible answers people could give. Most are temporal (earthly) in nature. What might be a greater goal?
Apostle Paul addresses this issue (Philippians 3:13-15 NKJV) “…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press to the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this (same) mind.” The upward call of God will lead us to the prize, eternal life in the presence of His glory. This should be the goal of every mature believer. Immature believers can be easily caught up in the affairs of this temporal life (temporary and earthbound). Their goals are set on things that will no longer matter once they pass from this life to the next. There is a saying, “Only one life, and it shall pass; only what’s done for Christ will last.” This is so true, but folks too easily forget about the things that count for eternity. It is wise to “lay your treasure up above.”
Yes, we must deal with what life deals us on a day to day basis, but we need to keep a focus on what counts for the eternal prize. That is the only goal to shoot for that counts in the end. The Bible will tell you what counts. Read and study it. The Holy spirit will enlighten you as you read it.