Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
by: Lisa Moore.
Are you a great starter but a poor finisher? You know...a good night’s rest, a healthy eating and exercise plan, a budget, and the list goes on. While we can commiserate or even laugh off these numerous failed starts, we must never treat our spiritual lives this way. Paul had one goal in mind that he pressed towards: the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. His education and achievements, persecutions and physical ailments would not deter him from reaching this goal. In 2 Timothy 4-7-8, Paul confirmed he had achieved this goal. May each of us lay aside every hindrance and press toward the goal.'