22 Sep Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

In our society sickness and death can often be puzzling. Especially when those things come to “good people”, we tend to ask why do these things happen. Here in chapter three Paul is talking to the church of Philippi about his imperfection, his past, and more importantly his constant pursuit of complete salvation. He is using an athletic race as an illustration, knowing in a race you do not look behind, but only ahead to the finish line. Often, you cannot control sickness or death, but your outlook is in your control as Paul share’s his. While we are here on earth, sickness can plague us, death can paralyze us, but they must not keep us for straining our eyes to what is ahead. We must press on, as Paul says to the ultimate goal, where our heavenly bodies will be perfect. Seek encouragement in knowing that If you are in Christ, there is an ultimate prize waiting for you.