I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14 HCSB)
What is your pursuit? Do you have a dream or a goal? Maybe it’s catching giant rainbow trout with a dry fly or a two-pound bluegill using ultra light tackle. Maybe its whitetails or turkeys or a giant bull elk with a bow. Can you imagine how dull life would be if we had no goals, no passions, no dreams or no pursuits?
The Christian life should be anything but dull. Jesus says in John 10:10 and Paul again reminds us in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do in and through you more than we could ever ask or imagine. What’s not to be excited about then?
In today’s verse Paul again puts things into perspective. He begins in the previous verse by saying I forget what’s behind me and I am reaching forward to what is ahead. He then adds that his goal is the prize promised by God.
There is nothing wrong with our earthly pursuits whether it be relationships, financial security, a trout, or a trophy on the wall. We must remember, however, these are all temporary. The only thing that will matter in eternity is our status before God and our relationship with Jesus Christ. No passion, no pursuit, no goal should ever take the place of that.
Chase your dreams as part of the exciting life God intends for you on earth. But whatever you do, don’t neglect the pursuit that will lead you into eternity.