The Prize

January 26, 2011 Donna New

I’m going to summarize some verses; Philippians 3:10, 12, 13; out of the Amplified. This is how it goes: my determined purpose is to know Him deeply and intimately and to know the wonders of His Person. I press on to lay hold of and make my own that for which Jesus laid hold of me and made me his own. Forgetting what lies behind and leaning forward to what lies ahead i press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus is calling me upward.

These verses draw me in. They’re all about knowing the One who died for me. Maybe Paul was talking about the wonders Jesus did on earth, maybe it’s the wonders of His love, maybe it’s the wonders of His life in heaven. No, Paul wants to know it all intimately.

Jesus made Paul His own for a reason. And Paul wants to grasp and live out that reason, that purpose. We’re each here for a reason. Jesus created us and grasped us to use us. We’ve got to be determined to lay hold of our purpose.  Paul had such depth of soul to make him want to be all he was meant to be. What a blessing to discover your purpose and begin living it out…to be what you belong to be.

Christ is calling and drawing Paul to a prize. So Paul focuses…forget what’s behind and lean toward what’s ahead. A crown, if that’s what the prize is, has no meaning unless we lay it at Jesus’ feet. Any prizes we get are only made valuable as a gift to our Savior. Jesus is calling us, drawing us toward a prize. We’ve got to live so near Him that we know him deeply, live out our purpose and gain the prize. It doesn’t come by obeying rules it comes by keeping our ear to Jesus and by staying in His word.

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