February 27, 2020

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:12-16

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.

  • Paul writes, “Christ Jesus has made me his own.” In our tradition, we baptize infants as a way of demonstrating that God claims us, calls us his own before we can even find the words to ask for God’s love. What does it mean to you today that Christ makes you his own? It’s this knowledge that motivates Paul to seek his goal. What goal is before you this season of Lent? Is there something you are trying to let go of? Something new you are trying to begin? Whatever the case may be, you are Christ’s own, and nothing you do or don’t do can change that reality. Listen for the heavenly call of God as you write today.

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