Deeper Life Higher Everyday Daily Devotional Guide
FRIDAY DECEMBER 31, 2021
PRESS TOWARD THE MARK
TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 3:12-16
MEMORY VERSE: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (PHILIPPIANS 3:14).
In a piece of advice to believers, Tony Fox says, “This is the time for us to make the necessary adjustments if there are things we need to change in our lives so that we may bring glory to God.”
Receiving eternal life in God’s presence in heaven is the “high calling” to which Paul is referring in the verse above. To press toward it, therefore, means to exert deliberate, maximum effort for the purpose of attaining it, just as a runner in a race drives for the finish line.
The Christian must continually strive toward that goal through service and obedience, and in love and gratitude to God, for the final salvation.
Of course, the possibility of eternal life in heaven for the Christian is there only through God’s grace and Jesus’ saving work, rather than anything that we do in this life.
So, it demands that we surrender our lives totally to God and “…lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
QUOTE: Surrender your life totally to God.
CHALLENGE: How do you run the heavenly race?
PRAYER: Oh Lord, help me not to miss the prize of God’s high calling.