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.
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
Freedom takes perseverance. In these verses Paul is writing an explanation of what it means to rejoice in the Lord. Because Jesus took hold of our destiny by defeating sin and death, we can take hold of our lives right now and pursue the freedom that He already won for us. When Paul is describing this process of not arriving at a goal, he is essentially saying that there is always more with Christ. God always has more in store for us. No matter what we have done or believed in the past, He meets us where we’re at every time in order for us to receive heavenly abundance.
you're worth it
You are worth it. You are worth the undeniably good life He has for you. Not the life you may have lived before, but the life of surpassing joy that’s coming. The prize is heaven. However, this prize isn’t meant to be something you wait for. He took hold of us, so that we could live on Earth as it is in heaven now. Not because He is a power-hungry God, but because He wanted us to live in a place of hope and love. He loved you so much that He laid His life down just so you could have an unshakable hope that there is always more with Him.
Wouldn’t it be great if we stopped comparing ourselves to people, stopped believing lies about ourselves, and stopped living out of fear? Well we can, and it all begins with trusting Him. When you trust His character over your own doubts, then you will start to see yourself becoming the person you were created to be. Keeping your eyes on Christ and speaking His truth over yourself, will help you gain the freedom you so desire. If you consistently give Him the space to move in your life, He will not disappoint you.
Father thank you. Thank you that there is always more with you. I trust you to make me more like you, because you are worth it every time. You are the prize. Give me the desire to rejoice in you as the prize. Amen.
- Sarah C