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. – Philippians 3:14
Paul writes about something which is quite current today. He says: ‘I press on toward the goal.’ To press toward something means that you exert maximum effort. You have to do something; you stretch out to something.
What is this goal Paul is referring to? He says very clearly that he wants to win a prize. What is the price that lies ahead of him? This is heaven which we can enter through Jesus.
Life is sometimes hard and difficult. Although Paul was a servant of God and the power of the Holy Spirit was in him, he knew what it was like to have days without food and nights without sleep. He knew what it meant to be in prison. He suffered shipwreck, was stoned and mocked. If anyone has had a hard time, then it was Paul.
We can also experience difficult times, but then it is best to say: ‘I press on toward my goal.’ Many Christians are shipwrecked because they do not have this in mind. However, if you want to go to heaven and meet Jesus, you must have this goal in your life. Say: ‘I will go for it. I press on to enter heaven. I am totally committed to this! I am looking forward to it. I long for it. I fight the good fight for the true faith!’
To achieve the prize, we should have perseverance. We need determination. Readers, the price is great. There is no better price anywhere else, so we must be prepared to do something for it. You cannot win the prize if you are lazy and do not get up. Praying, fasting, knocking on the door, seeking, separating yourself, reading the Bible, telling about the gospel and taking time for God. Roll up your sleeves and work for God. Are you determined? Press on toward your goal!