Greg was having a difficult time doing his homework knowing that his favorite sports program was on TV. “Mom,” he asked, “can I just this once watch TV before I do my homework?”
“You know the rules,” came her quick reply. “No TV until your homework is finished!”
“But, Mom,” he protested, “rules are made to be broken.”
“No,” she said, “records are made to be broken!”
“OK, Mom,” he said, “then what’s the record for the most rules ever broken?”
Paul spoke of a rule he honored to achieve a record he wanted to set for God. “I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.” After his conversion he lived his life for one purpose: to use all of his energies, all of his gifts and all of his time becoming who God wanted him to be and fulfilling the purpose that God had planned for Him!
As Christ’s disciples, we must never allow anything or anyone to cause us to take our eyes off of the goal that God has for each of us: being all that He has saved us for. Paul lived his life as though he were in training to compete in and win an athletic contest. He allowed nothing to interfere with his “training.” If something was harmful or distracting in his life, he would turn from it and not allow it to distract him from his calling.
Prayer: Father, empower us with Your Holy Spirit to live to achieve the goal You have set for each of us with dedication and determination to be who You want us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.