Monday, May 8, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Communion with the Risen Lord in Our Daily Lives

Saira Philip
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)


In 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.

During 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 things”.

This 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)

PRAYER

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.