Writing a Different Future #2 – Resolution
Paul wrote: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . . I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12, 14).
If you are like me, you may be asking yourself, but how am I to do that?
When I see the love of Christ or the power of God being displayed in a fellow believer, I sometimes think: I like that. I could grow in that way.
I may feel challenged by their prayer life, their exercise of spiritual authority, their wisdom, their grace in facing difficulties. I begin to develop a healthy discontent and determine to grow in practical ways.
If we don’t climb the mountain, we won’t see the view.
Therefore, start by making a resolution – to always be growing spiritually – increasing in faith and hope, deepening in love for God and others, growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Orient your whole life toward the finish line: When you finally meet Christ face-to-face and hear his words of affirmation, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Develop self awareness, with intentionality. Learn to recognize your weaknesses, your strengths, what is captivating your thoughts, what you are passionate about, what are you struggling with right now – perhaps in your relationships, your vocation, your health.
Just like a doctor, we learn to check the vital signs of our spiritual life. We step outside of ourselves and assess how others see us and how God sees us. (An honest look at yourself can generate a healthy dissatisfaction and prompt you to make needed changes.)
As our relationship with God deepens, so does our relationships within the Body of Christ. Strengthen your relationships within your church community. This may mean joining a small group or serving in a ministry.
Take some time to think about this. What is standing out to you? What is one small step you can take today?
~ Pastor Dave