DAY 15

CHRIST HAS MADE ME HIS

"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own."

// Philippians 3:8-12

“I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own”—that is the motive behind all we do, believe, and become in Christ. We are always pressing on, to attain the fullest expression of Christ’s life in us, never being content with our present expression but always pushing in for more; because of this, we are willing to consign to the rubbish heap anything that keeps us from running the race set before us. Whatever would sap the strength of our faith, this we violently abandon. Whatever would entangle us, whatever would hold us back in sin or unbelief, whatever would slow us down—these are the things we gladly abandon so that we can run in pursuit of the One who pursued us, who made us His own.

Let us not be those who begin to run by faith and then, in trying to be clever, exert our own efforts or lean on our own understanding to attain the likeness of Christ to which we are destined. Let us be those who stay the course by faith, who run alongside the Holy Spirit, who are invigorated by the strength and might of His power at work in our lives, who hear the cheers and encouragement of the Father, who live for the beaming smile of Jesus. Let us be those who press, who press hard, and who press in for the length of the race set before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Christ, the Author and Completer of our faith. Let’s stay in step with God by making every step a step of faith, as we run the course of the ascended life whilst here on earth.

Let’s make this final thought the maxim and guiding principle for our race run by faith: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.”