July 20, 2010
Attain the Fullness of God's Plan
Philippians 3:12-14, “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.”
I believe God has a specific calling and purpose for all of us. When the Lord comes into our life I believe He brings with Him a perfect plan for us to follow. When we follow His plan it elevates our lives above and beyond anything we could ever be without Him.
In verse twelve, the Apostle Paul tells us that he has seen the plan of God and has experienced it in a measure in his life. He goes on to say that he is no where near in perfecting God’s plan, but has made the commitment to press on to lay hold of it in its entirety.
God’s plan, purpose, and will is available to us
God's plan, purpose, and will is available to us, but it is up to us to lay hold of it and bring it into maturity in our lives. In verses thirteen and fourteen, Paul gives us some insight on what we must do to attain the fullness of God’s plan for us.
First, realize there is much more to receive
Acknowledge that you don’t know it all and you aren’t where you need to be. Thank God for where you have come to in the Lord, but realize there is much more to receive.
Second, forget yesterday...your future is much bigger than your past
Quit looking in the past. Your future isn’t behind you, it is still before you. Don’t let your past dominate or determine your future. Even the auto makers know that what is in front of you is more important than what is behind you. That is why they put a small rear view mirror and big, wide front window in front of you. The mirror is only there so you can occasionally take a look at what is behind you without being distracted away from what is before you. What I am saying is, your future is much bigger than your past.
Third and finally, press toward the goal
Paul says he is pressing toward the goal. To press toward something means to overcome any and all resistance. As we set ourselves to walk in the purpose and calling of God we will face resistance. The enemy doesn’t want us to achieve what God has called us to do. If we will follow these simple instructions from the Apostle Paul we too can lay hold of what Christ Jesus has laid hold of us and receive the prize of the upward call of God.