It is only through the grace and mercy of God, that we are blessed with another year in this life. Therefore we give thanks to the almighty God for his loving kindness towards us. It is a new year, and many at this time of the year are determined to make changes for the better. While one may focus on good changes concerning temporal things, it is vital that one does not ignore what is more important, the things that are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). As Christians, we must focus on making those changes that will help our spiritual growth. We are to set our affections on things above (Col. 3:2). The greatest goal one can achieve is fulfilling the purpose for which he was created by God: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13). Consider the inspired admonition of the apostle Paul:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
We all have an eternal goal to reach, that is everlasting life in Heaven with God and our Lord Jesus Christ. To attain that goal we must have proper priorities. Here is one area where it is wise for us to follow after the apostle Paul’s example, as he followed after our Lord (1 Cor. 11:1).
1. In his time, Paul was humble as he strove to reach the goal of eternal life with God.
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12).
2. Paul left his past behind him, and so should we in order to move forward. Our past life may have had prestige and fame to be praised by man, but now our reward is in Heaven. Like the apostle Paul, count those things loss (Phil. 3:7-8).
“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” (Phil.3:13).
3. As Paul did, we need to see the incomparable glory of eternal life (Rom. 8:18). Only then we will have the determination, that nothing will come between us and our goal to be in Heaven. Paul suffered many things (2 Cor. 11:23- 27) and it did not stop him from reaching the goal.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.3:14).
Set the goal, forget what is behind, and press towards the mark. May we never resolve to sacrifice our spirituality, so that we may prosper in the physical things (Matt.6:19,20). Let us strive this year to please God, that we may one day be with him in Heaven for eternity.