June 29, 2017
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. Philippians 3:12
In 2014, during the college football season, something crazy happened. Utah went against the high-powered Oregon football team. Utah scored first and had a lot of momentum. On a 3 and 5 play, Utah made a huge completion in the middle of the field, and looked to score a touchdown. Not so fast! The receiver, in the rush of the moment, dropped the ball at the 1-yard line. Oregon picked the ball up and ran it 99 yards the other direction for a touchdown. This led to a change in momentum and an ultimate victory.
This outcome would be devastating to live down, but it happens more times than we want in our spiritual walk. Have you ever felt like life was going your way, and then, out of the blue, a huge attack from the enemy? We seem to be more open to attack when there aren’t struggles in our life. Our attitude about our spiritual walk might relax a little.
Philippians encourages us to have a different mindset and attitude. Our approach should be to press on, not coast in. To press on requires an attitude that says, this walk with Jesus gets better and better with each step forward. Complacency creeps in when we do not keep the mindset of pressing on. When complacency is established, we begin to say things like, “Remembering when God did this…?” or “I used to hear God so clearly.” A press-on mindset and attitude forgets the former things and reaches forward to what God has ahead. Don’t be guilty of a goal line fumble; remember the best is yet to come!