Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:12-16
“Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” (Philippians 3:16)
What was Paul referring to when he wrote — “Only let us hold true to what we have attained”? I don’t think he was referring to his position as an apostle or of all the successes he had accomplished in his ministry. He said we must forget what lies behind and press forward to the goal of our calling. I believe he was referring to the fact that he was not a redeemed child of God.
As a child of God, he had received Christ as his reward. By grace, he had received Christ’s righteousness through faith. He had been adopted into God’s family. And now he belonged to God!
I think Paul is telling us that we must hold true to who we are in Christ. We must never forget Christ’s love for us. We must never forget that we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and adopted into the family of God. We must remember that we are precious in God’s sight (Isaiah 43:4) and that we are His possession (Isaiah 43:1).
Yes, we must remember — “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (I Peter 2:9,10).
When we get down and discouraged, hold true to what we have attained. When we get sad and disheartened, hold true to what we have attained. When we go through times of suffering and pain, hold true to what we have attained.
When we do this, we can press on to what God has in store of us. We are heading to our eternal destination, where we will behold the beauty an glory of our Savior.
Lord God, thank You that I belong to You. I am Your child, redeemed by the blood of Your Son and adopted into Your family. Let me hold on to what I have obtained by Your grace.
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