You Haven’t Stop Pressing Have You?
The apostle Paul is highly regarded by Bible students. We admire
his conversion to the Lord, his courage in preaching the gospel, his willingness
to face hardship, his love for people and passionate love for the Lord. Paul’s
example helps us see what it means to be a Christian.
While we might look to him as a fully developed, “all together,” perfect Christian – he would make no such claim. He said . . .
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 3:13-14).
Not a single read of Expository Files on earth has arrived at perfection, nor a single writer. None can make the claim to have arrived.
So our challenge is to determine what we can do better. Mediocrity is distasteful to people with good and honest hearts. To fall into a rut and never grow would create shame before God; not to mention judgment. What are you doing now that is right, that you can do better. There is not just one answer that fits all.
The answers will vary from individual to individual. Some may need to be better Bible readers and students. Others may need to take the knowledge they have, and determine to share it with others. Some of us need to get more involved with helping people, encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are young men who can prepare themselves better for future service. There are wives and mothers and young ladies who can learn how to teach children and become good caregivers.
Now, you haven’t stopped pressing have you?
By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 17.6; June 2010