“…I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12b NIV
I think it is important to begin by realizing what follows this verse speaks of letting go of what was behind. Many times I want to move ahead in my life but yesterday’s stuff is following me. Paul says, that we need to forget what is behind and move ahead. It will be hard for me to press on if I am being held back by yesterday. One speaks to my past, the other to my future. A hope and a future.
I believe for us to fully grasp this verse we must read from Philippians 3:10-16
What does it mean to press on? Maybe forge ahead, propel, persevere, make headway, on continue on? These are some of the things that come to mind for me. Paul is forging ahead for a purpose, though. He has a goal in mind. The idea is not just to forge ahead aimlessly which sometimes we find ourselves doing. We are to press on, forge on with purpose and direction in mind. We have something great that we are reaching for.
I am forging on to take hold of something. Take hold, grip, clutch, and to gain ownership of it.
That? What is that? What did Jesus do that took hold on me? He lived the Father’s will and offered a ministry of reconciliation. Should I be reaching for the same?
For which Christ Jesus took hold of for me. That which he seized, acquired, collected, and grasped for me. It came to him with great cost but his embracing of whatever what required offered that very gift to me.
I want to live a life that responds to that gift and lives in the fullness of what has been acquired for me.
I want to grasp it, and apply it to my life.
What will this look like applied to our lives?