Paul has an interesting perspective on the Christian walk. Recognising that his salvation is a gift of
God, he nonetheless continues to strive – not to earn the love of God, but to fulfill his purpose. Paul is using the language of sport to make his point – in effect, he is saying, “God has placed me on his team. I now strive to run the race God has intended for me, and will spare no effort in so doing.”
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one 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.
Heavenly Father, thank You that I am Your child. I want to live my life the way that You have ordained, and run the race that You have set before me. Help me to press on towards the goal of my calling in Christ Jesus, trusting in Him to overcome every problem, disappointment and challenge I may face, to Your praise and glory, AMEN.