The Christian life begins with a call. Anyone who claims to be a Christian would have heard this call “follow me” (Mt. 4,19; 9,9).
This call has a character. It is an “upward call” (Phil 3,14). It is a “heavenly call” (Heb. 3,1). This means that the call came from Heaven and leads to Heaven.
The opposite of “upward” is “downward”. God is separating people “unto himself”.
In all generations of human existence, God has been calling. Each call carries the power to execute the purpose of God.
No one can say that the call from heaven is powerless. Most time, we are the one who fails to grape the power and the purpose of the call. So how do we press on towards the call of God?
How to press on towards the call
Keep pressing on towards Jesus (Mk 5,24ff): The woman with the issue of blood had got to overcome challenges to get to where Master Jesus is.
Where Master Jesus is is the place where there is a solution. We give up too easily and forfeit our miracle and inheritance.
The purpose of hindrances is to keep you away from reaching your goal. However, hindrances are the test of our resolve to receive.
Keep pressing on despite status and state (Phil 3,4-8): Paul was of noble background and an educational elite. After meeting Christ, his life took a new dimension.
It is possible that an encounter with Christ may bring a change in your life’s plan. Actually, every genuine encounter with the divine takes us to a new level. God redirects us lovingly.
No one will move to a new level, except you forfeit the past. The wisdom is to know when to hold back or give up what may hinder your advancing towards the goal.
Keep pressing on focused on the goal: You can’t press on if you leave other options open. Every other option you consider weakens your resolve to move on. For Apostle Paul, it was Christ or nothing else (Phil 1,20).
This type of faith and followership is not a cheap one. The bridge back to Egypt has been blown up. The journey now knows only one direction: upward to Heaven, not downward to hell.
Why Do We Need To Press On
To make an impact: You can’t impact when you have not been impacted. You must take hold of what took hold of you. You must grasp the vision and the purpose of God for your life and then run with it.
On the road to Damascus, the Lord took hold of Paul (Acts 9). Now Paul takes hold of the one who took hold of him. This is the principle of corresponding interest (Phil 3,12).
The reason for little impact today is because there is no complete chasing after God. We practice cheap grace! Christianity light!! However, God is looking for a resolute faith in us.
To partake in his glorious resurrection: The things ahead are greater than the present. The unseen is greater than the seen. There are other realities and dimension of existence: the power of the resurrection! That’s the future goal.
Conclusion: Lord, help us keep in contact with Christ. Lord, help us overcome past and present. Lord, help us keep focused. Amen.