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Finishing the Race

Finishing the Race!

finishing the raceA special welcome to you if you’re visiting us today, we trust you enjoy your time with us! It’s great to see you here at Church as we think about what it means to ‘Finish the Race’ from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Today we consider’pressing on’to the goal of the prize of our heavenly call, ond it has to do with where we set our minds.

Do we set our minds on earthly things as so many do? I certainly hope not! The apostle warns that people who set their minds on earthly things are destined for destruction. Certainly not a good outcome! Or do we set our minds on heavenly things? The Apostle Paul reminds us that our citezenship is in heaven, that we belong there, and that we will be transformed to be like Jesus our Saviour.

Where we set our minds, or the ‘goal we’re aiming for’, will significantly affect where we ‘end up’. Just as an athlete who sets their sights on getting to the Olympics, is far more likely to get there than someone who doesn’t train, or trains half- heartedly!

Clearly setting our minds on heaven gives the best outcome by far, and so it’s worth us making every effort to live as God’s chosen people. Paul lets us info his own life as on example, he recognized that while in this earthly body, he wasn’t there yet’, and so he still needed to put in effort. (Not that it’s our effort that saves us, but rather it is eveidence that we are saved!)

He then gives us a clue into his training regime. He forgets what lies behind and strains forward to what lies ahead, pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Mat all of us here today forget, (or put aside) things from our pasts that hinder our Christian life, and put every effort into living the Christian life to the best of our ability!

Reference Philippians 3:12-21