Until I typed those words I hadn’t noticed how amusing they might sound.
(I’ll give you a minute while you hear someone with your favorite accent ask that question in your head.)
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
After reading that, what should we do? I think it’s fairly simple.
Press on. As in, persevere.
Sometimes things are happening that make pressing on seem like a big challenge.
You have probably heard that we’re not supposed to complain.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
I believe there is definitely one exception.
Complain to God if you need to complain (petition). He’s ready to hear what you’ve got to say. Be honestly yourself with God and be honest ABOUT yourself with God. He’s got your back. And He’s always ready to give you more of the peace that passes all understanding when you seek Him.
What you and I have to do is remember to do what is says in another section of Philippians. We have to “press in” by worshiping, praying and otherwise seeking intimacy with God.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Keep pressing on. Keep “pressing in” with God.
Press On. Press In. Repeat.
Like on the back of a shampoo bottle.
That is all.
God bless you!