Point of Reference

Aim

My dad loved sailing—never a big expenditure, but definitely a great stress-reliever for him.

On at least one occasion he handed me the tiller and told me to steer toward a certain landmark on the shore.

That worked well as long as I kept my eye on the reference point. Otherwise, drift was inevitable.

Objective

In life, everyone has an ultimate aim. What’s ours? Why have we chosen it? Does it correspond with our purpose for existence? Is our life’s goal what God would choose for us?

The apostle Paul was one of the most focused people who ever lived. What was his reference point?

In his own words, it was “knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . . that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him . . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead . . . . reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:8-14).

A friend and I were studying this passage together, and I asked him to sum up in just one word what Paul says here. He looked at it again, then answered, “Christ.”

Goal

In the verses that follow Paul commends his goal to others, but then adds, “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ . . . (vv. 18-20).

For over 30 years, from Paul’s conversion to his execution, Christ was his everything!

Is He ours?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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