Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Going and Arriving

Devotion: Philippians 3:13-14

The Apostle Paul placed resurrection (and the perfection it entailed) clearly as the goal or end of Christian life. After noting that Christ has claimed the Apostle as his own, he reiterates that he has not yet arrived at perfected resurrection life. Instead, he views his life as a form of pilgrimage, a religiously-motivated journey toward the goal.
"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But 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 upward call of God in Christ Jesus."-Philippians 3:13-14
The place of the Christian life is to make movement toward the goal--and that goal is Christ and his resurrection life. What can hang up on this journey is the emphasis on arrival rather than taking stock of movement. It's a bit like when a child asks, "When do we get there?" The child desires arrival and does not see the progress of the going. The Apostle encourages us all to lean forward and move toward Christ by breaking with past accomplishments and past sins. Only Christ matters in the end--his resurrection is the goal and his call is the prize itself.
Take a moment and thank God for the movement you are making toward the Savior. Ask the Spirit to realign your heart to the goal. Seek Christ and his upward call and find that the things of the past that held you back fade away.

News For You:

  • A BIG shout out to our crew (Joe, Kurt, Jim, Butch, Randy, John and Bill) that helped change lights and put in the projection system in the Sanctuary. You WILL notice some changes this Sunday.
  • We could use help to staff our Rummage Sale coming up Friday 3/31 and Saturday 4/1. The sale will benefit Camp Chelan.
  • Holy Week services are as follows:
    • Maundy Thursday (4/13): A service of confession and communion at CPC 7 p.m.
    • Good Friday (4/14): Community worship service at Cornerstone at 7 p.m.
    • Resurrection Sunday (4/16): A service of celebration at CPC 10 a.m

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