Living Life To The Full
The Apostle Paul’s had a simple philosophy on life and in Phil.3 he describes it for us . If we would only learn to follow his example here in this scripture, we can learn to make the most of every opportunity and live life to the fullest. Paul shows us some simple ways to live a more fulfilling life.
1) Know Your Purpose.
Everything in creation has a primary purpose, or a reason for existing. For anyone or anything to be successful, it must fulfil that purpose. Every individual that God has created has a primary purpose. Our lives will be without meaning - we’ll be failures - unless we find out what is our purpose ... our reason for living.
Paul stated his reason for living ... “I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it (Philippians 3:10 MSG) Paul is saying “I want to know Christ so that I may be like Him.” Simply put, Paul’s reason for living was to be like Jesus. This is also to be our reason for living.
2. Forget The Past ( v.13).
Paul, just like all of us had a past to forget. He had caused a lot of pain and had done much damage to the cause of Christ. But, now he was faced with a choice. He could either dwell on his mistakes and let them ruin his life and his chance for effective ministry, or he could forget all about them and move on with his life.
Maybe the memories keep coming back to haunt you from living a full life today. Well guess what? Now in Christ it’s over. It’s done. It’s gone. It can’t hurt you anymore. God is willing to forget about the mistakes of the old past life..... And He expects us to do the same!!! In Isaiah 43:25 it says, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.”
Paul’s attitude was ... “My reason for living is to be like Jesus, and whatever happened yesterday, good or bad, is now ancient history. I will live for Jesus today.” One thing we can know for certain is this, “God never consults your past to determine your future.”
3) Grasp the Present (v.13).
It is easy to live in the past. And it is easy to dream away the future, and its real challenge to face the present! We have no problem believing that Christ performed many miracles in the past, and the greatest one of them all dying on the cross, and raising from the dead on the third day.
We also have no problem believing, that in the future He is coming back again to take us home with Him. But, Why is it we have such a problem believing Him at His Word in the Present Day? Facing the present means that we put our faith in Jesus Christ, and trust Him to be involved in every part of our lives. Facing the present means that we choose to live life as it comes to us day by day. Not in the past, not in the future, but right here and right now.
God does not want us to waste our lives away. He wants us to “seize the moment” and live every day of our lives with a purpose. He’s given us a reason for living; to be like Jesus!