"TOWARDS THE GOAL" - Brief Bible Study on Philippians 3:7-14 - by Mike Winch
"France 98" is over! There will be many memories! That spectacular goal by Michael Owen and the sending off of David Beckham, amongst all the other memories of "France 98'". We are now in the 1998/99 Football Season. However, it was with the thought of goals that count that I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul. He wrote this; "Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:13-14).
1. THE LOSS OF EVERYTHING OF THE PAST!
As Paul wrote about his past, he listed his achievements, bis work for God. The problem was that his idea of serving God was not what God wanted. Paul at that time persecuted the Christians. That was until the risen Lord Jesus Christ met with him in a mighty way on the road to Damascus, and challenged him (see Acts 9). Paul was converted! He was set apart to preach the Gospel he previously opposed! That is why he wrote, "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." (Phil 3:8). The only goal Paul scored in his past was an "own goal". Scoring against himself! How do you see your life. Are you scoring against yourself? You can never know victory in life this way!
2. THE PROMISED PRIZE FOR THE FUTURE!
The Hope of the Gospel of Christ is seen in Paul's words. The national teams in "France 98" had the prize of the "World Cup" before them. They had to work hard, train hard, and be disciplined in their lifestyle! It had to be the way of hardship and suffering if they were to experience the victory! The Christian life is not easy - but the prize is available to all who come to Christ and remain faithful and obedient to Him. Paul wrote, "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain the resurrection from the dead." (Phil 3:10-11). Paul pressed on "towards the goal"!! Jesus lovingly invites you to come to Him. The "goal" of Heaven can only be gained through Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for you.