Choosing to Press on
The choices we make in life can be very important and some of them have eternal consequences. The life of a Christian is sometimes compared to a race and, as in all races, enduring to the end is important and necessary. When one feels like stopping or giving up, it is always important to press on.
But what if you didn’t know if you had quit? You might not have planned to but the end result is the same. Here are four things to consider and ask yourself to help determine if you are still pressing on.
- Which path are you following? You need to follow the strait and narrow path rather than the broad and wide one.
- What do you take along with you? Do you carry along the sin and distractions of the world or do you lay them aside?
- Do you turn back at the sign of difficulties and struggles? Are you like the rocky soil that wilts at tribulation?
- Do you allow distractions to catch our attention? Are you like the thorny soil that allows distractions to keep it from bearing fruit?
These are some questions that we need to ask to help determine if we are indeed pressing on. But they are external to the process. A more internal one can be found in Philippians 3:13:
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Php 3:13-14)
Paul’s famous statement here shows one other thing that we need to do: Let go of the past. The past can entangle us in a lot of problems such as regret for past mistakes. Choosing to forget those things and press on will help ensure us that we finish the race.
The point is though that it IS a choice to press on, or to stop! Which choice will you make?
This mornings sermon was entitled “Choosing to Press On” and you can listen to it if you wish.