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Philippians 3:12 “...I press onso that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”
GOAL-DIRECTED LIVINGAchieving a goal usually involves:•Having a realistic idea of whereyou ARE.•Having a clear idea of the Goal.•Knowing how to get from whereyou are to the goal.•Actually taking the steps to movefrom where you are toward the
Philippians 3:12-14Paul was realistic about where hewas, 12-13.• “Not that I have already obtained it,” 12• “...[not that I] have already become perfect,” 12.• ”Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet,“ 13
Philippians 3:12-14Paul had a clear idea of the goal:“that for which I was laid hold of byChrist Jesus,” 12.
Rom 11:33, 36 “Oh, the depth of the richesboth of the wisdom and knowledgeof God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! ...For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined,He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and thesewhom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
But we all, with unveiled face, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into thesame image from glory to glory,just as from the Lord, the Spirit. II Corinthians 3:18
Philippians 3:12-14Paul had a clear idea of the goal:“that for which I was laid hold of byChrist Jesus,” 12. That he might be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father!
And Paul says,“I have made God’s goals formy life...MY goals for my life: Growing into His likeness, that I might bring glory to Him!”
Philippians 3:12-14Paul knew how to get from wherehe was to the goal, 13.• Forgetting what lies behind,• Reaching forward to what lies ahead.
Philippians 3:12-14Paul took the steps necessary tomove toward the goal, 13.• I press on..., 12• I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, 14.
GOAL-DIRECTED LIVINGHave a realistic idea of where you are.Realize that the goal is conformity to the image of Jesus to the glory of God. Knowing how to get from where you are to the goal.Actively pursue the goal.