《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “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.” (Php 3:13-14)
Meditation one: Do you set a goal for your life by your own standards, or by the standards of Jesus Christ? God does not want our spiritual life to be met “roughly” (circa) but to achieve the standards that Christ wants us to achieve, that is, to be conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29). It is through a lifetime continuous learning, practicing, and growing. To accept the Lord is not the end of pursuing spiritual growth, but the beginning of the growth of spiritual life.
Meditation two: What is the goal of a Christian’s life? It is not according to one’s personal preference or choices, but to what God has destined. What God has destined is to have Jesus Christ as the destination and benchmark for the course of our lives. When Jesus Christ becomes our goal, not only will the goal be accurate, but then we will be rewarded the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. Lord Jesus will praise you that “you are a faithful and good servant, you have done well.” Christians’ works are not for their salvation, but for their heavenly prize.
Prayer: God heavenly Father, thank You for setting a beautiful plan for my life. It is challenging to walk along the narrow heavenly pathway. Please strengthen my faith. I am willing to rely on Your power, to forget what is behind, to strain toward what is ahead, and to press on precisely toward the goal You have destined for me. I pray in the victorious name of Jesus Christ, Amen!