Monday, March 2, 2015


"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."  Philippians 3:13

One of my pastors that I had when I was growing up went home to be with the Lord a few days ago.  He was a  godly man whose love for the Lord was very evident to all who knew him.  As I was giving my condolences to one of his daughters, she replied to me that he was where he had been reaching for.  She said he had been reaching for that place-- his heavenly home-- for his whole life and was finally there. 

 He had preached about it, taught about it, witnessed about it, testified about it, longed for it, tried to help others find it, sought it and desired it.  He had been reaching to obtain it personally.  Let me ask you this morning, "What are you 'reaching' for?"  Are you reaching for a higher prize?  Are you reaching for the kingdom of God?  Are you reaching for a city whose builder and maker is the Lord?  What is your goal?  What is it you are longing to obtain?  The temporary?  The eternal?  That which is corruptible or incorruptible? 

Are you spending your time and effort reaching to obtain more money, fame, a name for yourself, popularity or the affections of some person?  Are you reaching for pleasure and entertainment?  Are you reaching for selfish desires that only leave you empty in the end?  Are you reaching backwards trying to change what was but will never be? 

There are a lot of things that we can reach for, and some of them are noble things.  But what I learned from this former pastor- through his life and through what he preached- was to reach for Jesus and His kingdom.  His faith has become sight.  If he could return for even a moment, he would tell us that what he had been reaching for was far better than he ever imagined.  He would also tell us that it is worth it.  It is worth giving up the reaching for the temporary things that we might receive the eternal.

Have a great day.  What are you spending your life 'reaching' for to obtain?  Temporary things or eternal things?

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