Philippians 3:12

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10 March, 2022




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.


“You have arrived at your destination.”  There’s a sigh of satisfaction when you hear those words on your GPS.  I’ve arrived.  The journey is over.  I can now relax.  “You have arrived at your destination.”  

When it comes to our life of discipleship, of following Jesus, I wonder whether we subconsciously hear those words as well, ‘You have arrived at your destination.”  Maybe they were words you thought you heard at your Confirmation or Affirmation of Baptism.  I’ve made it.  I’ve arrived.  And you take a huge sigh of satisfaction because now you can also relax and just enjoy life.  But as Paul reminds us today, “Not that I have already obtained this or have arrived at my goal”.  Our life is not perfectly Christ-like yet and will never be this side of heaven.  Paul says, we have to press on.  Keep moving.  Keep chasing after Jesus to follow him, to see how he runs, to mirror his breathing, to love in step with his love, to take the same length strides of compassion as Jesus took.  The journey is never complete until you hear Jesus’ words, ‘Well done good and faithful servant, come and enter in my rest.”  

How are you pressing on in your Christian life?  Have you fallen behind and lost sight of Jesus?  Is your stride in sync with his?  Don’t be afraid to call out to Jesus for help!


Jesus, it is so tempting to want to stop and relax and think we have arrived at our destination.  But your call to follow is a lifelong journey.  Strengthen me to follow you today and every day, for without you, I cannot become more like you.  Amen.