Mind Your Step
Verse 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Now that we have left the past in the past we can move forward into the future while living as present in the present.
Notice that Paul is using the present tense when he says that he is pressing on. This is important for us to remember. While we are focusing and pressing on to the prize Christ is holding for us, we need to be aware of our living in the present.
“Watch your step” is a common phrase used when walking a trail or on unsteady terrain. It is a caution about paying attention to the place right in front of you, even as you move on towards the place you are heading. This is just as important, if not more so, of our spiritual walk. We are not to lose sight of our goal but we need to mind our steps as we journey to our ultimate destination.
God has called us on this journey and so we should desire to make every effort to get there in the finest shape possible. We enjoy reaching the end of the trail we hike but how much more if we are not sore, scraped up or injured from not paying attention to our footing. We also enjoy the journey more when we are not hobbling.
The spiritual trail we are walking has its ups and downs as well as its rocky terrain. It isn’t always full of beauty around us and yet when we are walking the trail in sweet communion with those traveling with us and enjoying our Guide, the hike – no matter how long – will bring us great joy and blessings. Even during the heartbreaking times.
As we press on we need to keep our eyes open for the twigs of life that will cause us to stumble and trip but we can’t let them hold us back. When boulders try to block our path we must remember that He is strong enough to carry us around it. But we must keep pressing on to the end of our journey.
Making It Personal
What things tend to make you stumble? How can watching out for them help you avoid stumbling? What encourages you to press on?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever tripped on a rock or stick because you weren’t watching where you were going? How can you watch were you are going in following Jesus? What sin can trip you up?
Father, thank You for being our guide in the journey of life. Give us the eyes to see the things that cause us to stumble as we walk this spiritual life and the wisdom to walk over and around them. In Jesus’ name, amen.