Today’s Reading: Philippians 3:4-21
One of the most challenging courses at the University of Denver was a business law class in which the professor gave difficult true & false tests. During one of the more exasperating exams, the professor noticed another student flipping a coin. The professor approached him. “Son are you guessing on this test?” he asked. “No sir,” replied the student. “I’m just checking my answers.”
There are people who seem to live their whole lives that way. They have no direction, no purpose, no goals. They live their lives by flipping a coin, drifting along aimlessly in life.
Yogi Berra said “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up someplace else.”
Paul had had everything. He was a leader, looked up to, an up & comer. He was going places. Yet now he held that it was all rubbish, excess debris, worthless junk.
Paul summed his purpose statement in vs. 13-14: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul realized the things of this world would not last. We have the ultimate reason to live. Ephesians 2:10 tells us: “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that He prepared in advance for us to do.” In other words, we have a purpose. We have a manifest destiny.
And it doesn’t centre around us and our needs or our personal fulfilment. It centres around Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”