DayBreaks for 03/28/11 – Between What I Was and Will Be
12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 3:12-14
Do you remember what it was like to be stuck between being a youth and an adult? You were too old to play with the little kids (and it wouldn’t have been “cool” if you did!) You were too young to really enjoy the company of the adults who sat around and talked. You were too old to ride a bike because it made you look like a kid, but you weren’t old enough to drive. Being stuck in the middle can be a tough thing.
The Christian life is like that. We are “in the world, but not of the world.” We are living in fleshly bodies that have weaknesses and lusts yet we are “partakers of the divine nature.” We are dying physically, but we have eternal life even now. As Emilie Griffin said in her book, Souls In Full Sail: A Christian Spirituality for the Later Years, “I am in between the person I was and the person I have not yet become.”
It is awkward, at best, being stuck between two things. We long to be rid of the childish things, to “put away” the immature behaviors, yet we are still rebel in childish fashion from time to time. We have died to the old man – yet we must still put it to death.
When we tend to grow impatient, we need to remember that Christ has “laid hold” of us. What we reach and grasp for is elusive, but Christ’s grasp is firm and certain. There is a prize ahead. Press on towards it!
PRAYER: We grow impatient for what is to come, even while we are tempted by the childish things of our past. Help us to remain fixed and focused on the prize that calls us onward, and to not lose hope because Christ has laid hold of us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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