Philippians 3:13-14
I Press

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

A very determined look in the eye; the muscles are flexing well.
The face of the athlete is set toward the goal it is very easy to tell
There has been constant training, and the preparation time was long.
Now the time has arrived for the athlete to strive for the victor’s crown.

His stride is firm it takes him places he has never gone before.
Sometimes his run is in his town and others times on distance shores.
There is serious opposition raised and attempts on his life are made,
But this athlete is quite different than most, he is willing his life to give.

This man of God has been running for years and his race is almost run.
He has been running for the souls of men, not a casual race for fun.
It has taken him to great cities, and at times he has been in prison.
His motivation is the high calling of God, and telling others of salvation.

He does not dwell on the past for credit, or try to win men’s sympathy.
His purpose is reaching forth to claim those people he has not seen.
He wants to live for future gains, not to rest on victories that are past.
The goal that lies before him brings rewards that will always last.

I am seeking to learn from the examples of the athletes of long ago.
It seems that I am not getting too far, and my feet are getting slow.
I need God’s help and power to keep my face toward the prize.
Sometimes it almost seems like the goal is just before my eyes.

So by God’s grace and examples of athletes who ran a very good race,
I will seek to keep on pressing until I see my Savior’s face.
When this race is finally over and all the teammates are at home,
We will praise the One who called us to run and give to Him our crown.

“God of Infinite strength and power, this day is another brief stop on the marathon race of my life. I am a little bit tired today of the run. But please give power to speak for Thee before this day is over. I need some special anointing (if that is the right way to say it) to reach the ones who are listening and bring them to love Thee supremely. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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