I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. (Philippians 3:14, 16 NLT)
What do you pursue? Some live in a fatalistic mindset (whatever will happen, will happen) and don’t pursue anything. Others pursue wealth, happiness, relationships, and any number of other endeavors.
When I used to run competitively, I would always have three goals in mind: 1) to beat my best time; 2) to catch up to the runner in front of me that I could see (there was always another runner) and 3) to not get passed.
There is an interesting parallel in Philippians 3:14 and 16. On one hand Paul writes, “press on” and just a moment later writes “hold on”. So, which is it?
Whatever progress you have made in your spiritual journey towards knowing God (your pursuit of Him), hold onto that; don’t go backwards. But don’t stop there – keep pursuing (pressing on) God until you find Him, until you have become all that He wants you to become.
Paul had one primary goal in mind: to become more like Jesus. He pursued this endeavor until his final breath. He pressed forward through persecution and held onto the truths that gave him freedom once before. He never stopped moving in the direction of God.