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Phil. 3:12-14 The Call to Obey

posted Jun 12, 2020, 10:06 AM by Jacob Boer

“Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

I’ve had people tell me that it seems unfair that I tell them that we need to embrace God’s Will for our lives and follow his commands completely, that we have no excuse for not following Jesus completely and fully with all our hearts. I then tell them that I don’t love my wife and kids perfectly, but I keep trying to love them better and more all the time. I won’t ever be able to love them the way I should and the way God calls me, but that doesn’t mean I’m not supposed to keep working on it and getting better at it. God keeps the bar high for us because he knows we will keep trying to lower the expectations we place on ourselves for becoming who God has called us to be. Ultimately, I want to be more and more who God has created and called me to be because I trust that he does know what is best for me to help me be the best person I can. The Commandments help me do this!

Q. Since no one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly, why does God want them preached so pointedly?

A. First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness
and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.

Second, so that we may never stop striving, and never stop praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.

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