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Thought for the Day by Phil Moon (Vicar)
I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 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. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.
I heard someone say this morning that these days feel a bit like coming out of the ark. The lockdowns and restrictions are lifting and we have at least a season of everything feeling a bit more normal. It feels like a time to start over and rebuild. Of course globally we’re not out of the woods (do pray for India, today) and who knows quite how things will be anywhere this coming winter. But we gladly press on.
“Press on” is a phrase that comes in v12 and v14 in that short passage from Philippians. Press on. Press on. And in both cases it’s pressing on towards heaven. That is our goal; that is our prize. And one day, all Christian people will take hold of our inheritance for which Christ Jesus took hold of us.
So however good, excited, relieved, tired, concerned, happy, sad, you’re feeling now, whatever the circumstances for the rest of this year, let’s press on. Press on.
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