Reaching for the Goal Line
|Reaching for the Goal Line|
God lays goals on our hearts and we are to press on to God.
How to Get There
- Paul sees our faith as having definite goals that we are striving for. It isn't just something we come into and then stop moving. Those goals keep us moving forward.
- Paul uses a sporting analogy of running. In sports the goal is always in mind, you never stop moving, and are never satisfied with where you're at.
- We need to forget our past to move forward. Paul had a past worth being paralyzed over and he wasn't.
- God is not as concerned over our (forgiven) past as we are.
- We must forgive ourselves.
- And we must forgive others for hurting us so we can move past the results of that pain. Paul had pain, had been hurt and abandoned.
- We are not our past. We are reborn with Christ.
- Be dissastisfied with where we are, not hateful or angry, but always looking to move forward.
- Paul is straining forward like a runner.
- Keep moving forward with the goal in mind. Keep going towards God.
- Don't stop striving to be better because faith, the Church, Christianity itself is a journey instead of just a destination.
- Strain to the goal God sets us on. Focus on it and on Christ. Any other focus and we can miss it, and lose sight of the goal of Christ-likeness in the midst of good works and small things.
- Be determined to press on to God and the goal.
Things to Watch For
There is a great deal of competition for completing goals in sports and coming in first. Regardless of the sport, ancient or modern, there is always a goal in mind, pressing onward despite opposition. This message was originally part of a series designed to help encourage people to keep moving forward in their faith, not be satisfied with where they were at or be discouraged by opposition.
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