Philippians 3:12b NLT
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
I, Freda, press on , I reach for and take hold of, I firmly get a grip of, that for which Christ Jesus took hold of, and seized me, Freda.
I thank you for reaching for me God. Help me to press on in moments of frustration and uncertainty. Enable me to not let up, but to take hold of, to firmly grip all that you have made available through the redemptive work of reconciliation. Cause me to seize it, embrace it, reach for it, and to give my all in pursuit of it. You took hold if it for me. You seen what I cannot see and were willing to lay it all down for loves sake. Make my heart be willing for loves sake to do the same.
I remember a Pastor friend of mine one time preaching a message about not stopping when you are going through something. The need in that moment is to keep on going. This life is a journey of great moments and not so great moments, but if we stop and park our lives in the not so great moments, we will miss the great ones. You have to see beyond the moment. I see this verse challenging that issue. Don’t stop here. Don’t stop now. Press on. Keep reaching. Never give up. There is something you are reaching for that is larger than this moment. Keep it in your eye’s view. Don’t stop. You are called to more. It takes commitment and dedication to keep reaching. Do it. Take a firm grip on what God has made available for you, even if you have to reach into tomorrow sometimes to touch it. Jesus pressed on, didn’t stop, didn’t quit so that I could live the reconciled life. I am going to press on and take hold of the ministry of reconciliation. Everything he has available I want.
What does this look like in my life? Feet firmly planted in Truth. Releasing yesterday. Embracing today. Anticipating tomorrow. All because of him.