I was reflecting on the words of Paul from the Passion Translation, “I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfil and wants me to discover”(Philippians 3:12).
There are many times I would find that hard to say, my passion levels can get a little low and running turns into a slow walk. Doing the things God has assigned for us to do isn’t always easy, the challenge can seem too difficult. My default is usually the procrastination approach, hoping it will goaway. This last few weeks my family have doing a push up challenge where we have to do up to 200 push ups a day! It's a fundraiser and awareness event put on by “Head Space”. Some people may find this easy but for me that’s hard work and my arms are struggling. There has been a number of days, (actually most of them), where my passion has been missing and giving up is a strong option.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?????
That is a good question. I need to know what will drive me through the pain to achieve just another push up. I’ve discovered something in my life, the old saying “No Pain No Gain” and "Anything worthwhile has a cost".
The assignment/challenge God has for us isn’t always easy and sometimes you simply feel like giving up, or having a rest day and asking, "Why am I doing this"?. Thankfully Paul goes on to give us some stickability advice, some motivation from the side, how he pushed through the struggle of keeping focused on his assignment by saying:
"I don’t depend on my ownstrength to accomplish this, however I do have one compelling focus: I forgetthe past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory prize through the anointing of Jesus". (TPT Phillipians 3:13-14)
Let us advance together to reach this victory-prize following one path with one passion
If you're finding life hard, or the things God has asked you to do difficult, or simply want to stop the challenge you have, read this over and over again and move forward to achieve the goal. Paul says, look to God for your strength, focus ahead not behind and remember the victory goal, a deeper relationship with Christ.
This week don’t give up, push through in relationships, push through with prayer, push through with generosity, push through with sharing your faith and know that God has a prize of a deeper relationship that is worth every challenge and difficult situation you may face.