Striving Towards The Goal
"I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as
one beating the air" (I Cor 9:26).
Many people in our society seem to
spend their lives in a futile manner, not having any aim or direction in their
lives. Such is the tragic state of much
of mankind. As Christians, who have been
baptized unto the Lord, our position should be somewhat different.
We learn from the Bible how Paul
was converted from being a persecutor of the Christians to a champion of the
Faith, always striving to defend the name of the Lord Jesus and to preach the
gospel of salvation to all nations. Even
when faced with the kind of adversity which threatened his life, he aimed
single-mindedly at accomplishing the task set before him and for which he was
chosen; "forgetting what was behind and striving towards the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:13, 14).
Today, do we have a goal in life,
or do we find ourselves drifting aimlessly in this world? Paul's goal was to
strive for the everlasting and imperishable crown of life. He saw his sole aim
and responsibility in life as one of reaching out to all of mankind to preach
the gospel of salvation and to testify the abundant grace of God, forsaking all
things for the sake of the gospel. His
only wish was that "... If only I may accomplish my course and the
ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the
grace of God" (Acts 20:23-24).
Paul was truly a soldier of
Christ. He stood firm in the midst of
life's adverse conditions; never regretting or complaining in serving the Lord,
never admitting defeat, but he was forever striving forward to win the race and
battle set before him.
Therefore, let us endeavor towards
this same goal of salvation and in the end, be able to
share in Paul's song of victory: "I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day" (II Tim 4:7).
"Who am I O Sovereign Lord, and what is my
family that you have brought me this far?" (II Sam 7:18)
When I consider the universe and
ponder upon God's majestic creation, this question posed by King David comes to
mind. I am but a humble creature; an
insignificant part of God's magnificent display. Yet, His providential care has never left
me. With forbearance, He leads and
directs my every footstep. Indeed, I
shall sing of His greatness and praise His Holy Name all the days of my life.