'I press on toward the goal.' Philippians 3:14 NIV
The apostle Paul said, 'I press on toward the goal' (Philippians 3:14 NIV). His eyes were fixed on Jesus and the prize of eternal life and, no matter what was being thrown at him, he was determined to keep moving closer to that goal. We need to have the same 'press on' spirit as Paul.
Pressing on means 'perseverance' or 'to continue moving forward', even when problems are arising. Jesus never promised that life would be easy, even when our goals are to know him more or become more like him. Trials and struggles will come at us and if we're not prepared for them, we may find ourselves losing sight of our goal and wanting to give up. But the Bible says: 'Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him' (James 1:12 NIV).
So how can we help ourselves to 'press on'? By practising spiritual disciplines - things like spending time in God's presence, reading our Bibles, praying, listening to godly teaching - so that we're strong and resilient when tough situations come. We're reminded that 'physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come' (1 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV).
So what now? Do some physical exercise today. When you reach a point where it's getting hard to keep going, ask God to help you 'press on'. Reaching your goal will be so worth it.
Soulfood: Lev 1-4, Matt 27:11-26, Ps 25:1-7, Pro 9:17