Keep Reaching the Top


Read: Philippians 3:12-21

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

Jon Krakauer, Author and mountain climber, was determined to reach the “roof of the world,” the peak of Mt.Everest. In an arduous ascent that killed some of his fellow climbers, he persevered. On May 10, 1996, he reached the summit.

“I understand on some dim, detached level that [the sweep of earth beneath my feet] was a spectacular sight,” wrote Krakeur of that moment. “I’d been fantasizing about this moment, and the release of emotion that would accompany it, for many months. But now that I was finally here, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, I just couldn’t summon the energy to care.”

Temporal goals can never fully satisfy. We see this in the ministry of Paul. He told the believers in Philippi, “I press toward goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). It is the goal “for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (v. 12). He will “transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body” (v.21).

That goal can provide the most powerful incentive. It inspired us to become more and more like Jesus. Every upward step gives us joyful soul-safistaction. How diligently are we striving to reach that goal? – Vernon Grounds

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights, I’m gaining everyday,
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” –Oatman

Don’t let contentment with earthly goals prevent you from attaining eternal gains.Source: ODB Vol. 14


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