Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Communion with the Risen Lord in Our Daily Lives
Long Island MTC, NY
...Forgetting what is behind and straining
toward what is ahead, 14. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (V.13-14)
Philippians 3:8-16 we read about Paul who’s describing his path to righteousness
and using that as an example for how we should live our lives. As an apostle
for Christ, Paul traveled thousands of miles to spread the Good Word and his
teaching emphasizes one of the fundamental ideas of Christianity: Communion.
his travels, Paul was able to learn more about Christ and learned what was
really important. He knew that to move forward in his faith, he would have to
let go of all the things that held him back. Paul casts out the possessions and
ideas that steered him away from Christ as shown in verse 8: “...surpassing
worth of knowledge knowing Christ my Lord, for those whose sake I have lost all
week we look at Communion with the Risen Lord in our Daily Lives. As we know,
communion is one of the seven sacraments that we follow. Each and every day of
our lives, we commit sin, it is sometimes inevitable, but that is just human
nature. It’s through our trails and temptatons that we better ourselves
and become more like Christ, to “...becoming like Him in His death”
(V.10). Christ’s death and resurrection abolished the wages of sin (death) and
our existence was renewed. When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ,
we must remember that we are also receiving the Holy Spirit. Through that ceremony,
we are being fulfilled with the Heavenly Spirit as to help us be better.
However, we must also remember that we shouldn’t wait till Sunday to ask for
forgiveness. God is always listening to us and always waiting with open arms
for us. We need to take the step to open our hearts and minds to allow Him to
flood us with His Spirit.
Paul continued to push forward to further his relationship with Christ. He
wanted to win the “prize” (Christ) and reach Heaven. He clearly outlined
his “plan” when he says, “...Forgetting what is behind and straining toward
what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has
called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (V.13&14)
Dear God, thank You
for giving us with Your Holy word. We ask that Your Holy Spirit transforms
our character so that we will be like Jesus. Give us strength
to let go of all the worldly pleasures in life and focus on You. In Jesus
name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Jesus didn't die so we can have a religion, He died so we can have a relationship with our Heavenly Father.