Upward Call

Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I watched a brief video clip of a message by John Bevere. He asks the audience to ponder what they are pressing towards.

What are you pressing towards?

What is the one thing you’re pressing toward the most? Status? Appearance? Money? Acceptance? Health? Happiness? Education? Godliness?

The list could be almost endless.

At some point, there will be forks in the road. Pressing on towards the calling of God in Christ will, likely sooner than later, take us down a very different path than many of the goals we tend to set. In this life, choosing to live faithfully serving God doesn’t translate to serving oneself and being comfortable.

Jesus is the reward. Heaven is the finish line.

The in between.

How we live on the way to eternity is everything.

I’ve been thinking about what the upward call of God is.

Upward: moving, pointing, or leading to a higher place, point, or level.

A higher place, point, or level.

I believe this best describes the call we have as believers. We are set apart by our Maker to a higher place, point, and level spiritually. And really in many other ways.

The upside down kingdom…

Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Luke 6:32, 35“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

We lose our life to gain it. We believe in order to receive and have faith be made sight, and we love those that don’t love us.

Very different from the ways of this world.

This verse sums it up…

Hebrews 11:16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

We need to decide what and whom we are living for. Either we’re walking in the Kingdom of Light or the Kingdom of Darkness.

It’s ok to want promotion, but it’s for God’s glory so we can give our gifts to His purpose. It’s wise to save, but don’t hoard wealth when your brothers and sisters are in need. And I commend those who want to take care of their temple (bodies) but don’t put physical care above spiritual care. These bodies are temporary. (see Proverbs 11:24, 1 John 3:17, 1 Timothy 4:8.)

Today, I want to challenge you to consider what you’re actually pressing toward and your life goals. It’s good to have goals, but make sure the Savior is center and the goal above all others. God is much much smarter than we are. He knows all good and perfect gifts come from Him (see James 1:17.)

Father, help me and every reader to press toward the upward calling You have for us in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus.) May You be the main goal and what we seek most.

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