Words from the Heart for Monday April 6th, 2020
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
Following the missile attack on the Ukraine International Airlines flight in January near Tehran that killed 176 people, including 138 Canada-bound passengers, the Canadian government lead a group of nations that lost citizens to advocate with “one single voice.” Canada pressed Iran for access to the crash site in order for there to be a thorough and transparent investigation. The federal government deployed a team of consular officials while the Transportation Safety Board deployed two investigators to participate in the investigation into the cause of the crash.
I recall as a child walking home from high school in a raging blizzard. Ordinarily it would take me less than half an hour to get home, but in the blizzard, it felt like an eternity. Each step I took I said to myself “press on, you’re almost home.” And I got home safely. In the Christian walk we often face the challenge of our past, of temptation, and of opposition. Paul the apostle understood this and writes in Philippians 3:14: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” In the verse before, he speaks about forgetting what is behind, and straining for what is ahead. No matter what comes our way in this life, as followers of Jesus, our past forgiven and the future secure, we are to press on. Jesus is with us and He assures us of the victory as we do. Today may not go as smoothly as you had hoped. You might be jostled by temptation, facing the headwinds of opposition. Keep your eyes on the prize and press on, with the assurance of the abiding presence of Jesus with you.
These have been words from the heart.