In Philippians 3:14, Paul encourages us to keep progressing toward the prize God has in store for us. He emphasizes the importance of not becoming complacent in our spiritual journey and, instead, continually striving to grow and become more Christ-like.
It’s easy to become content with where we are in our faith and think we have reached our destination. However, Paul reminds us that there is always more we can do and become. Instead, we should not settle for mediocrity in our spiritual lives but aim for excellence.
The prize Paul refers to cannot be earned through our efforts. It’s not something we can win by our strengths or abilities. The award he speaks of is eternal life with God, only possible through Christ and our faith in Him.
As we grow in our faith, we must remember that our ultimate goal is not to achieve success or recognition in this world. Our ultimate goal is to live a life pleasing to God and be united with Him in eternity.
To attain this goal, we must be willing to put in the hard work and effort necessary to grow in our faith. We must be willing to sacrifice our desires and ambitions to follow Christ and do His will. We must also be helpful to endure suffering and hardship for the gospel’s sake.
However, as we strive towards the prize, we can take comfort in knowing God is with us every step. He will guide and strengthen us as we seek to grow in our faith and become more like Christ. Even when we stumble and fall, He will help us get back up and keep moving forward.
Therefore, let us not become complacent in our spiritual lives, but instead, let us continually aim for the prize that God has set before us. Let us be willing to put in the necessary hard work and effort to grow in our faith and become more like Christ, with the assurance that God is with us every step of the way, guiding and strengthening us as we follow Him.