“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:14
This morning I was led to this scripture to meditate on, another of my favorite passages and I wanted to share it with you. If you know who you are in Christ—that He alone has already made you victorious when you received Him as Lord and Savior—then you can start, run and finish the race like a champion. This truth will set you free to empower you to run like a winner because you already are a winner at the beginning of the race. You either believe this truth or you don’t. It is a matter of simply trusting and obeying, no matter what your circumstances. God’s truth and grace gives you every edge you need along the way. But you have to believe it and apply it to your life.
Too many people try to serve God in their own strength, not by His Spirit, which wears people out because God will always call us up higher than we can go on our own. A major key in running the race is to not give up, no matter what. God has predestined our destinies. And we have a choice whether we are willing to cooperate. Jesus is the leader and completer of our faith. And since He endured the cross for our benefit, how can we say “no” to Him?