Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14, AMP).
We are doing a study on running the race, as we study Philippians 3:12-14. If you would like to read the first devotional in this series, you can click here, you can find the second one by clicking here, and the third one by clicking here.
You know we could follow the first three essentials to the T and still never really get in the race. We could become dissatisfied with where we are but not really so dissatisfied that we move from there. We could recognize that we need to clarify our devotion but choose to never do it. We could figure out what the right direction is but neglect to take it. This fourth essential really brings it all together. We need determination to run the race!