PRESSING FOR PERFECTION
The church is not comprised of perfect people. That is to say, none of us is perfect but we are striving for perfection. We recognize our inadequacies and our flaws, but we are also fully aware of the perfect one who is able to take us to another spiritual level. Our testimony is, we are not what we use to be, and we are not what we could be, but we are pressing toward the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus. We are people who strive to be more like Christ and a people determined to grow spiritually so God may get the glory out of our lives. We make no claims about ourselves, but give God glory by the lives we live. The songwriter said, “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day.” He was not alone in seeking to be more like Christ. Paul wrote these deep and profound words in Philippians 3:12:
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”
This is a powerful testimony. Paul recognizes fully that he has not arrived or obtained perfection. He knows how little he has accomplished and is fully aware of the goal before him. He presses and presses to be more like Christ in every way. Paul is anxious about his converts at Philippi where far too many of them have fallen into a mode of complacency. They argue that since Christ has saved them there was no need for any further effort. Paul declares he is not under such delusion, for he is committed to put the past behind him and reach forth to that which is before him. Perhaps, this devotion is one we should all pay particular attention to, so we do not find ourselves complacent and think there is nothing else for us to achieve. No matter where we are on our spiritual journey, there is still plenty of room to grow. I am fully aware that I am far from perfect, but I am pressing every day to become all that God would have me to become. I pray you are in the same situation. I pray you are asking the Lord to take you higher and higher.
Philippians 3:12 (NLT)