Nov. 30, 2020

What Does Philippians 3:14 Mean?

What Does Philippians 3:14 Mean?

Philippians 3:14 (NIV): I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

In today's 2-minute Bible study podcast, you will discover:

  • What does it look like to press on toward the goal?
  • What is the ultimate prize that we are pursuing as a Christian each day?
  • What will we receive our prize? 

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Transcript

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

In Philippians chapter 3, Paul paints a vivid picture of an athlete running the race of their life, keeping their eyes on the prize ahead of them. Just like that runner giving everything they’ve got to cross the finish line, Paul runs the race of his life giving everything he has to pursue Christlikeness while here on earth. In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he never looked back at his past achievements or his past mistakes. He made the decision that his one goal was to know Christ and experience him in all his fullness.

He writes in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Have you ever trained for a race or maybe you knew someone who trained? I had a friend whose one desire was to run the hurdles in the Olympics. Every decision she made was made in light of her desire to win the gold medal. She burned with passion and thought about it constantly. She turned down anything that stood in her way of being an Olympic medalist. She trained rigorously, and as she did, her physique transformed into the body of a champion.

And you are to do the same. But instead of running a physical race, you’re running a spiritual race. Each day you wake up and commit to knowing Christ more. You study His Word. You worship. You talk with him throughout the day. And as you continually do these things, your spiritual physique is being transformed into the image of Christ.  

And instead of running your race for a prize that will fade away here on earth, your prize waits for you in heaven – that is a life lived in eternity with Christ Jesus.

So, your Simple Truth for today: Just like a runner who keeps their eye on their goal of winning the race, you press on keeping your focus of becoming more like Christ each day until one day you receive the ultimate prize – an eternal life with Christ. 

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Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.