““Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
How encouraging that the great Apostle Paul would confess his great need for growing deeper in his pursuit of God. His admission brings me great hope and tells me much about our own Christian journeys. After he had experienced so many miraculous encounters in his life, from meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road to declaring the Gospel to the Emperor of Rome, Paul never fully arrived at a place of perfection. The Christian life begins with salvation, but from that moment, a radical and totally different existence unfolds before the life of every true believer.
Would you agree with Paul that you have grown in your relationship with Christ, but at the same time you find yourself disappointed, even saddened, that you haven’t grown more? This is the Christian life and it will continue to be so until we depart from this world and enter into His total redemption. May our hearts continue to pursue Christ with all our being, pressing onward and ever thankful for His great sacrifice for us.
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