The Book of Philippians contains some treasured and often quoted Bible verses. See: Prized Verses in Philippians
Here's one I want to focus on in this month's newsletter:
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. (Phil. 3:12)
We all need to keep learning and growing. No matter how many years we've been saved or whether or not we have formal Bible training, we still have more to learn about our great God from His Word -- both head and heart knowledge. When we find practical solutions He provides in Scripture, we're able to press on. Check out this post: God Gets Practical
Each day has its share of stress, disappointments, and hurts. No matter how far we've come in trusting God with our circumstances, we can still learn to trust Him more and more. As we increasingly find God to be sufficient for our every need, we're able to press on. Read: Help for When It Hurts
Even ministry has its challenges along with its joys. We're most effective when we accept the reality that we don't know it all but have a wise God waiting for us to ask Him for help (James 1:5). We have a faithful God who will not leave us or forsake us but rather see us through (Phil. 1:6). When we depend on God's grace rather than our abilities, we can press on.
Even those who have taught the Bible for years must maintain a teachable spirit to be most effective. Maybe they'll learn how to use new methodology, like this month's method, colloquies. Or perhaps they'll find ways to improve the classroom itself to make it a better learning environment. Whatever it is, they press on to be better and better.
Ministry leaders make a lot of important decisions. While it could lead to pride, those who grab hold of God's grace make decisions from a place of humility. When they accept their fallen human condition, they grab hold of God's grace rather than relying on themselves or worldly wisdom. Being a leader doesn't mean they arrived. They too press on.
No matter who we are, what we're going through, or how we serve, we can press on when we grasp the last part of the verse I quoted earlier -- Christ Jesus took hold of me. The Christian life isn't about us striving on our own. He already took hold of us. We'll never completely understand the fullness of that truth but we sure can press on to find more and more of our significance and security in that awesome reality.
Yours in His Service,
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