The heavenly prize: What is the most important goal as a Christian?

At the beginning of this year, I had high expectations for myself. I had expectations for his blog and I expected to do more for God in 2019; it was my prayer. I was full of passion, drive and determination! But…. that didn’t last long guys. Suddenly life with its ‘to do lists’ became a distraction and slowly but surely, that drive and determination I had, slipped away.

But to be honest, the loss of that fire gave me the opportunity to step back and reassess why I do the things I do. I asked myself, “why do I do this? Why do I do the things I do?” Well, because I’ve seen what can happen when someone discovers their purpose in Christ; the abundance of life that is available. And I’m not talking about the routine-filled life but the eternal life – where joy is everlasting. This can never be taken away from you.

Philippians 3:12-16

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 toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

1All 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. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:12-16 is my verse for 2019 and the springboard that I believe would launch me into the year with a new mindset. Most of the time during university I always found myself asking the same question, “is this all there is to life? The hamster wheel that is the hustle and bustle?” I’d witnessed a lot of people on one extreme; the people that bounce around each day aimless with no purpose. Sometimes they’d even play it off as just ‘going with the flow.’ But the important fact is that there is ONE goal that I believe each believer should have. This goal should be the driving force of every other goal we try to make. The goal of heaven. The goal of eternity. The goal of building His kingdom. For Paul, the ultimate goal was knowing Christ’s resurrection power.

Well, what is so important about heaven?

Heaven is REAL. SO real. We tend to think of and envisage heaven with our own logical understanding but it’s just so much bigger than that. It’s not about the ‘where’ as some might like to focus on but about the ‘who’ and ‘what.’ Heaven; a place of fellowship, eternal joy and worshipping around the throne of God. Paul’s focus is on forward momentum and not on past mistakes otherwise we become Christians that are not singularly focused! We should look forward to the prize to be with Christ.

THE priority.

What I’ve always loved about being a disciple of Christ is the bigger picture that is revealed. But why do we lose focus of what is important the majority of the time? I see it all the time in unnecessary arguments, conflict within the church and relationships. The loss of focus on what really matters. We suffer from shortsightedness; we shuffle our feet with no intentions in place; no sense of generational thinking. We so easily let the enemy win. What is the priority? Well, Jesus! Jesus is the priority! Obvious right? Well from the way we act sometimes it would appear not. But that’s all it is.

When I talk with people and the talk steers to faith and religion, I like to ask what they believe defines them. Where do they pull their sense of identity from? I like to hear the responses because they tell a lot. But ask yourself; what guides you? What or who interprets your life?

If someone is a teacher, they aren’t a teacher who is a Christian but a Christian who is a teacher. Make sense? You aren’t an employee of a company who just happens to be a Christian but a Christian who is an employee. That is our high calling. We have to realise that we need to live life with a heavenly mindset. We are in this world but not of this world so when we live with a heavenly mindset, a lot of the frustrations that happen in our live will seem so much more smaller in comparison to other times because the mindset has shifted. The perspective has been renewed.

Living for Christ.

(Luke 10:27)27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

Our focus on Christ is not something we do just one day of the week when we worship Sunday morning but rather its a constant singular focus. I once read that to get an indication of where your heart lies is to see where your thoughts drift to in the silence. I mean, most of the time for me it drifts to what I’m going to eat for dinner…..but in all seriousness it’s a great indicator for highlighting what we care about the most.

It’s very easy to lost sight of what matters because Satan likes to throw a variety of distractions our way because when we decide to receive that high calling, it’s a purpose that can’t be shifted. Satan knows what you can accomplish when you know who you are in Christ. What matters us that we keep running. Keeping running with passion for Christ.

All mature (pursuing spiritual perfection) Christians should run with this passion to be honest (Phil 3:15). And I always encourage any unbelievers who are having that urge to dig deeper to ask God to make it plain to them; dig even deeper into how Jesus can change your life.

But Christians, let’s hold on to the progress we have already made. Sometimes we may say, “well I want to run, I want to have that passion but it’s hard to let go of some things.” I could write a whole separate post on this but one little nugget of wisdom I can give is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Humble yourself and seek God’s face which means require God as a necessity; crave His presence. Look forward and not back and run with what you have already attained.


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