LIFE'S PURPOSE: CHRISTLIKENESS
January 19, 2003
INTRODUCTION: Paul is picturing a race. In v.12 is
the start, v.13 the course, and v.14 the end. Paul
uses the analogy of a runner to describe the
Christian's spiritual growth. The believer has not
reached his goal of Christlikeness, but like the
runner in a race, he must continue to pursue it. That
this is the goal for every believer is also clear from
Romans 8:29, "For whom He foreknew, He also
predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."
In Phil. 3:7-8, Paul mentions his view of the past and
now his vision of a great potential. As an athletic
would dsire to lay hold of the highest possible
honors, Paul sought to reach his personal God-given
potential. As a middle schooler, senior, or college
student, you may be asking, "What does God have for
me?" or "What does God wish to do with my life?" "Why
am I here?"
Maybe deep within your heart there is a desire to
really amount to something in His kingdom. I
personally believe that our culture has made its mark
on many, but I wish to challenge you to make your mark
on our culture.
I. THE DESIRE TO ACHIEVE LIFE'S PURPOSE. 12
Begins with understanding.
"Not that I have already attained" - the
race toward Christlikeness begins with a sense of
honesty and dissatisfaction. Spurgeon said, "We have
misjudged our capacity for God." This is a statement
of a great Christian who never permitted himself to be
satisfied with his spiritual attainment.
"or am already perfect" - one mark of maturity is the
knowledge that he is not perfect; honest evaluation of
his spiritual condition. Paul was reminding the
church that in his life there was room for further
"but I press on" - Greek word ...
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