posted Feb 12, 2017, 6:25 PM by Dale Barnes thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”(Phil.3:13-14 NIV)

What were some of things that Paul left  behind?  He had a social status: a true Jew. He had a religious status: he was a Pharisee.  Very well respected. He had earned the place of being very zealous; he was leading up the persecution of Christians. He had made a real name for himself.  However, he had found something so much better; knowing in reality Jesus Christ. Now he considered these other things rubbish.  Living a life of faith in Christ, following Jesus; getting to know him and fulfilling Christ’s plan for his life, was the worthwhile pursuit.(Phil.3:4-10)  Paul said, “I press onto take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Phil 3:12 NIV)

Jesus gives this parable: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”(Mt.13:45 NIV)  This man found such value in this one pearl that, not reluctantly, he was joyfully, willing to sell all he had to get it.  I believe this was Paul’s heart after Christ became real to him. He also challenges us to do the same. “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.” (Phil.3:15 NIV)

We have such a few short years to move this way in our thinking and action. We have a calling as believers to first see the value of Christ and his kingdom and then choose to truly follow Christ; getting to know him better, and fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.  This counts for eternity!  .  .