On my last pastoral visit I made a brief exposition of Philippians 3:12 -16. The purpose was to underscore the importance of moving toward God's future. I hope you find it useful for facilitating the pastoral conversation.
Text: Phillipians 3:12 -16
Paul tells us that Christians must be people who are intolerant of their current situation (imperfection). The way to show our intolerance is to be people who do one thing only:
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Verse 14).
Why is it important to focus on the prize (final perfection). Because according to verse 13 it helps us to forget what is behind and enables us to strain toward what is ahead. This is interesting. Paul says that when Christian believers are moving in the right direction they forget the past. What past? Whatever we have achived already as Christians. Paul had been a Christian for many years but he never said: Yes! I've done it! I reached the goal. I don't need to do more. NO! Paul was a man with a growing passion for more of God and for more of his holiness.
So the questions that we need to ask ourselves are two: What I am doing right now to increase my desires for the perfection of Christ? If I am not doing much, the next question is: What can I do differently to make my Christian life more focused on the one thing?
Please reflect on these questions and don't forget that a Christian who is focused on the things of God will not be a Christian of many distractions.
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