Building Your Faith Devotional 1

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

What do you give your energy to? What is important enough in your life for you to give max effort to? What matters so much that you pursue it even though it costs you something? Sports? School? Relationships? Another hobby of some sort? Here’s a truth that will carry you through life: whatever you give your time and energy to are the things that matter most. Look at your calendar and how you spend your days, and you will find where your values are.

Take a moment and read Philippians 3:12-14. Paul is an older man, nearing the end of his life. He is reflecting a bit on where he is in his faith. And he says in these verses that no matter all the time and energy he has put into following God, he is still pressing on. His faith is so important to him that he can say in verses 13-14 that he can forget the past (with its victories and defeats) and focus instead on the goal of knowing Christ even more. Can you say this? Can you say that no matter where you have been in your faith, that you are 100% committed to seeing grow? Are you entirely sold out to following God with everything that you are? After all, it’s what God expects from us, His children. Think about this:

  • What are the obstacles in your life that are keeping you from pursuing Jesus with all that you are?
  • What can you do to get rid of some of these obstacles to follow God more wholeheartedly?

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