1Yr_Home_Pastor“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14.  For the apostle Paul, each day was the continuation of an exciting and challenging race.  He wasn’t striving to gain entrance into Heaven; he was confident of being welcomed there through his faith in Christ’s atoning work on the cross.  The apostle’s concern was to be at his best for the Savior – to grow in His likeness and to realize in daily experience “the power of His resurrection” (Philippians 3:10). This meant forgetting what was behind, letting neither success nor failure hinder his growth.  It meant pressing on till the day he would hear his Master say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). That same determination must keep us moving forward as believers.  Victory does not come to those who are easily turned aside.