Nov. 26, 2020

What Does Philippians 3:12 Mean?

What Does Philippians 3:12 Mean?

Do you ever wonder what God has in store for you? It's like you know there's something more in this life, but you just can't seem to put your finger on it?

You're not alone. So many of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this life, that we forget our whole purpose is to be conformed into the image and likeness of Christ. 

But how do we do that? Paul gives us an incredible image in today's verse that's only seen when you examine the original Greek language.

So, take a break for 2 minutes, and discover how to lay hold of what God has for you. Once you understand how to attain your purpose, you will find a deeper meaning and reason to continue running this race God has called you to.

Philippians 3:12 (NIV): 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.


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In Philippians chapter 3 verses 10 thru 11, Paul determined that his one purpose was to know Christ in a more intimate, deeper level. He continues with that thought in verse 12 with, “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.”

So, Paul basically says, “This is what I want. I want to be like Christ, but I’m not there yet. God’s not finished with me yet.” 

Paul uses some cool visual words in the original Greek language here. For example, the words “press on” gives us this visual image of a sprinter who’s moving at a rapid pace in an aggressive manner.

And as he’s sprinting, he takes hold of his goal. In Greek, the word “take hold” means to acquire. To lay hold. To grasp. 

It’s the idea of grabbing hold of something and pulling it down and making it your own. In other words, you don’t passively sit around waiting for everything that God wants for you to just fall into your lap. This is a co-partnership. There’s work on your part. 

So, for example, using Paul’s ONE purpose of wanting to be like Christ, you would grab hold of that that by studying God’s Word and by praying and by doing the work that God has purposed for you to do.  

So, your Simple Truth for today: You have not achieved the fullness of all that God has laid hold of you for in this life. He has tremendous plans for your life that he laid out before you were ever born. So, just like Paul, keep pressing on, keep sprinting and aggressively grab hold of all that Christ has called you to fulfill in your life. 

Hey, thanks for listening. I want to take this day of thanks to express my gratitude to you for being a faithful listener of The Simple Truth. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. I’ll see you again tomorrow.