Goals are made because we treasure a particular outcome. Goals can be about finances, health, business, creating, writing - you name it. But today we are going to look at one goal that Paul had - the goal that treasured Christ above all.
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A goal is really just a desired outcome. And if we really treasure those outcomes, those goals, we will actually change our daily living.
Paul. He treasured Christ. Christ was His goal.
If I could summarize Paul’s goal in life, what he treasured most, it would be Philipains 3:10 “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like him in his death - and then in vs 14 to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ.
Paul’s goal in life what Christ. Not to be Christ, the Savior, but to know him and share in His sufferings, that He might attain the prize of being with Him for all eternity.
Whatever he could have gained from his own education, his own heritage, his own position in the temple among the Pharisees, whatever he could gain from his own works, his own life, he considered it nothing, that He may gain Christ and be found in Him.
If we treasure Jesus, if our goal is to win the prize, as Paul says, to be found in Christ when our day on earth is done, IT WILL SHAPE OUR LIVING.
For the Christian, our number one goal should be a life that revolves around Christ. That He would be at the center of all we do.
To Live is Christ
Ways we can see how Jesus impacts our daily living when He is our number 1 goal!
Christ will be honored in our bodies whether we live or die.
We faithfully labor for the progress and joy in the faith for others
We live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
For the sake of Christ we believe in Him and we suffer for Him and engage in the conflict
______ is LIFE
There are these tag lines that circulate - I’ve seen them on t-shirts, memes, maybe bumper stickers - but BLANK is life - like oils are life; running is life; food is life; football is life; brunch is life.
What that translates to is - all we do revolves around that thing. It’s what is treasured.
Maybe there’s something that you are treasuring more than Christ, Maybe there is something your life is revolving around that is your center and it’s not your Savior.
Believe that God has saved you from your sin and now you can live for Him.
Ask Him to help you treasure Christ above all things. Will it be this perfect treasuring never to treasure anything else? No. We will sin again. Probably in a few minutes, if you’re like me. But that’s how amazing God’s grace is. This is the sanctifying process of this life. That we would love God more and more every day.
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