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Friday, September 27, 2013

Think About It

Pressing On

Have you arrived? Not sure what I mean by that question? Let me try to explain. There seems to be a thought or attitude among some that they have learned all there is to learn, grown all that they can grow, and generally feel that where they are now is as good as it gets. In other words, they’ve arrived. Some even feel this way about God.

Consider for a moment that God isn’t interested in how many times you’ve been to church, or how many times you’ve prayed. In fact, he’s really not interested in much of what you’ve done for him. Yet I meet people all the time who believe that they have done all of their duties to satisfy God’s list of requirements. Sadly however, God is not interested in what you do, he’s interested in who you are. He wants a relationship with you, not your service. Some have said that responsibility comes before relationship. We certainly imply this when people come to Church. How you ask? Simply by telling them all the things that they need to do. We indoctrinate them into the church culture, and burden them with a list of responsibilities. But God never intended for that to happen. He’s interested in the relationship and out of that relationship will come the responsibility, not the other way around.

Paul stated, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13-14). In other words, he hadn’t arrived but in fact was pressing on towards what was ahead. His focus was not on what he had done, but rather the one that he was pursuing, God himself. True, Paul took on a great deal of responsibility, but it wasn’t the pressing needs that motivated him, but rather the calling.

Sadly, many press on into things. Doing more, trying harder, may all seem good and well-intentioned but actually don’t get us anywhere. Perhaps our focus needs to be our calling. Have you forgotten what that was? Think about it.

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2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Very interesting perspective. Could you please expound further on this? If God is not interested in how much we pray, then how do we develop a relationship with him? I'm serious, I really want to know.

Anonymous said...

I usually enjoy these posts, however I disagree with this one. Very much!