Pressing On

Published on Jan 2nd, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

There are two verses that have helped me as I have made New Year’s Resolutions each year.  The first is found in Philippians 3:14 – “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  I find the idea of “pressing on” very helpful.  It does not seem to place undue pressure on me for complete success but the success seems to be found in the trying.  I may not complete the resolutions that I have set for this year but I believe that God is pleased in the idea of pressing on.  Many may find in this type of thinking an excuse for quitting.  I find the opposite. I find great freedom to set goals that seem too hard to fulfill but since the fear of failure has been dealt with I find great freedom to try.  I may not achieve that which I have set out to accomplish but I probably will achieve more than if I had set simply goals that I knew I would achieve.

The second verse is one that represents a great truth found all through the New Testament.  God shares this truth with us through Paul in Philippians 1:6.  “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  I am grateful for the role God has given me in my sanctification.  I like setting goals and seeking to press on.  I am even more grateful for the truth that God is the one who has not only saved me but is the one who is keeping and completing me.  What great rest is found in the truth that God has started a work in me, God is doing a work in me, and God will complete that work in me.  My failed attempts at New Year’s Resolutions are proof enough that if it was truly left up to me, my growth in Christ would be shallow and non-existent.  I am always amazed and grateful for the growth that God brings in my life each year.  I find great strength in the fact that I can say, like Paul, “I am sure of this”.  God’s work in my life brings great peace and freedom.  It is a freedom that allows me to set New Year’s Resolutions that are lofty and full of hope because I am sure that God is truly the one that grows and keeps me.  I rejoice that he promises to continue to grow me until the end.

So go ahead, you may have failed in hundreds of New Year’s resolutions before but it is always good to press on.  Set some new goals.  Dream of great change in your life.  Rest in the truth that God will do what he does best – bring himself glory through your life.

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