Silence and stillness before God (2 Min)

Read Philippians 3:12-4:1

How to take hold, Step 3

Verse 13
A good friend of mine has an amazing 5-year-old son. The other night that son woke him up at midnight to invite him to the super bowl party of barf. (I know, two straight days with vomit in them.) Nobody! I mean nobody wants to wake up at midnight and clean up vomit, but love does strange things to us. My friend would have fought a pack of wild dogs to be with his son in need. That’s what Paul is talking about when he says straining toward, reaching for the goal, fighting for the finish.

When we know how generous God has been to us, we are generous.
When we know how much God has forgiven us, we forgive.
When we know how much God loves us, we love.

When I hear words like, “totally sold out for God!”, “radical Christian” and “fully committed”, I tend to hang my head, knowing deep down that’s not true. But, (this is a big but) then I remember that Jesus was all those things for me! He didn’t shrink back, but he strained toward the prize, which was me! This stirs my heart, my mind, my strength and my soul to join Jesus and strain toward that prize.

How has Jesus been generous, forgiving and loving toward you?
How can you strain toward that prize today?


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