The world bombards us with conflicting messages and attempts to distract us to pursue fame, fortune, notoriety, and SELF. Can I be transparent? Sometimes, even with as much as I love God, I find my life inching away from him. I get distracted by good works and well-meaning intentions.
So, how do we pursue spiritual health? Paul wrote, in Philippians 3:13-14: "I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (NIV)
I find a lot of help from this passage. It helps lay a foundation to pursue spiritual health.
- First, I think it's important to recognize that I'm not there yet! The battle will NOT be over until I stand before Him, in Heaven. Until then, I will overcome through the blood of the lamb...JESUS' SACRIFICE...THE HOPE found only in the cross...and the word of my testimony...lining my life up with God daily, aligning my thoughts with His...stepping into HIS plan for my life (DAILY.)
- Prov 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (NIV) To think we can do it on our own...to simply "WILL IT UP" is not enough...there are times when my boot straps are broke and NO AMOUNT of SHEER WILL POWER is enough. I NEED Jesus. Dependency on Him is essential. It's His Spirit that empowers us and gives us wisdom and life.
- Third, perspective on the eternal is essential. To remember WHO I SERVE. To Hold fast to His promises. To remember what it's all about. Keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, and working diligently to store up treasures in heaven helps me escape earthly distraction and momentary pleasures.
- Finally, forgetting what lies behind reminds me to not dwell in the past (whether good or bad.) I can't live on yesterday's manna and I'm not disqualified from the prize because of my past sins. I must press on toward Jesus. Pursuing Him. Listening.
Today, I want to encourage you to PRESS ON. God has GREAT plans for your life. Pursue Him passionately!