I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 HCSB
Paul recognized that his journey was one that would last for his entire lifetime. He consistently held the goal of God’s call in Christ as the focus of his life. In doing so, he could freely admit that he had not arrived, but was always on his way toward that goal (vv.12ff). It takes great humility of spirit to admit that we do not have all the answers, we have not yet taken hold of our prize, but we are on our way. Strangely, we hate to confess that there is so much more to know about Christ, about our faith, and about our living out that call. We prefer to show our supposed expertise, our depth of knowledge and so on. Such people, in other words, like to think they have arrived, though they would never say that aloud. To be unteachable is to be unreachable. Let us, with Paul, rejoice in our weakness and insufficiency (2 Cor. 12). Then, and only then can we be the malleable people God wants us to be.