Friday, 19 September 2014
Pressing on, together
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This week’s feast is a visible expression of the richness we have been enjoying from God’s Word. I am so thankful for you and and glad we get to study Philippians together.
Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to do hard things together? That’s why we look for an exercise buddy or a running partner or join a team weight loss program. We keep each other from quitting in a low moment. We pace each other, too, especially over the long haul.
Finding the right pace is important for any marathon. My cycle teacher at the Y regularly trains with a more experienced partner. I can’t imagine that she needs a mentor, because to me, she is an expert. But when she is preparing for a race, she trains under the watchful eye of a 65 year old marathoner. He rides behind her and corrects her form. But most of all he corrects her pace.
Inexperienced athletes use up most of their energy too early in a race. Inexperienced Christians do the same. We run from Bible study to small group to serving opportunity to outreach. Then when someone invites us to another Bible study or small group or serving opportunity or outreach, we say “Yes!” Eventually we crash. We need mature believers to come along side us and set the pace. Because even though the race is long, the goal is worth it. And the prize is unbelievable.
Paul talks about “pressing on” in our passage this week, Philippians 3:12-4:1. After describing the surpassing value of knowing Christ in the previous paragraph, he admits “I haven’t attained it.” He has more to grasp, more to enjoy, more to enter into. So he presses on…to the goal…for the prize. And he invites the Philippians to join him.
Discussion question of the week
#7 How does Jesus strengthen my faith? One way Jesus strengthens our faith is by calling us to run the race with others. This week let’s share about that. Is there someone you thank God for, someone who has strengthened you to press on in Christ? Feel free to share other insights from the passage as well.