Our lives are spent chasing a lot of different things. But what is the one thing that matters? Is it security? Influence? Self-realization? Paul challenges all of these and places racing towards experiencing our union with Christ at the top of what the Christian’s life should ultimately be.
Main Text: Philippians 3:12-4:1
This passage continues with Paul’s theme of experiencing joy via union with Christ. That joy comes from presence (i.e., prayer) and imitation (i.e., obedience), as we encounter the living Christ through His Spirit who lives in us.
This is the top priority in Paul’s life—he doesn’t just walk with Jesus, he races towards union with Jesus, to seize it as his great prize.
This is all because Jesus has seized us as His great prize.
So this should become our top priority too.
In fact, making this our top priority is part of the definition of Christian maturity.
In the Christian community, those who are mature in this way are to serve as examples for the rest.
If we have no such good examples, let’s become them.
Let’s leave behind all other “Christian” examples that are really self-serving, self-flattering, self-exalting, and self-protecting. These are not the way of the cross, so they are not the way to true, deep joy.