Pastor Lauren leads us with teaching and huddles this week with part 6 of our Philippians series. She finished up the 3rd chapter in the letter written from Paul to the church he hoped plant in Phili in modern day Greece. Focusing on continually have the perspective of heaven. No matter what comes. No matter what distracts. Even when things try to pull us down. Continue to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ!
Paul writes, “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. 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 toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:12-21)
In conclusion, Paul is saying, keep focusing on Jesus. By following the example that Paul has set before us, we can follow Paul who is following Jesus. And the best part?!?! There are so many mature Christians who are also following Jesus. You are not along on this journey. And we are all starving after the same thing.
What’s one thing you could do this week to focus yourself on Jesus?
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