I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:14
Running the race of life for Jesus is fulfilling our individual call of God on our lives. Pressing on is moving forward — conditioning ourselves for the run by practicing the Word of God, by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, serving Him everyday in word and deed.
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, (Hebrews 6:1) Imagine a child just learning to walk. They try and try and try again pressing on toward the goal of reaching their parent’s outstretched arms. Can you imagine God holding out His outstretched arms encouraging you to press on to the prize that awaits you? The prize of perfect, undefiled, eternal fellowship with God in heaven. He is there ready to pick us up when we fall. Persevere to the end of the race. Press on to cross the finish line.
If you are not growing in your faith you are out of the race. How is your walk (or should I say run) going? Are you pressing on? Are you practicing the Word of God daily? Are you spending time with Jesus every day? Do the things you say and do bring glory to God? Keep your eye on the goal.
Continually seeking Him,
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:1-2