In Philippians 3 Paul seeks to remind the Philippians of their purpose as Christians, to press on towards God. He writes,
“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” (3:12-14).
Paul declares the ultimate prize to be the upward call of God. I should always keep this goal in mind and strive for it. Many things “call” for me and my attention, but God’s call is the only one truly worth striving for. I must strain towards what God has placed ahead, knowing that in doing so, I strive towards God’s upward call. Paul also reminds the Philippians of their true citizenship. He says,
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (3:20-21).
As I navigate my life through the world it is key that I remember that I am merely in the world, and not called to be of it. Rather I must submit myself to God’s ways, remember my citizenship in heaven, and press on towards the goal.
Dear God, please help me to stay focused on You, and please help me strive for Your upward call. Thank You that my citizenship is in heaven. Please help me to stay focused on You, even when I am surrounded by worldly distractions. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.