There is no short cut to greatness.  Days and years must be spent in purposeful action.  The renowned pianist, Paderewski, practiced 8 hours each day when on tour. Madame Guiomar Novaes, one of the great living pianists, spent two days before a concert in practice for that one performance.  Baseball’s matchless, Ty Cobb practiced base running and sliding until his hips were raw and his uniform stained with his own blood. Winston Churchill, whose speeches are classics, prepared each address with the utmost care. Someone remarked with truth, “Sir Winston has spent most of his life working on his impromptu speeches.”

     Being a Christian is a growth process.  We never become a journeyman, a skilled worker.  Christians remain lifelong apprentices, learners.  This is what Kierkegard meant when he said his vocation was becoming a Christian. He felt that no one ever was a Christian but some were on their way to become such.  

     This understanding is important because it warns us against the arrogance of thinking we “possess” Christ. We do not possess Christ, Christ possess us. Sometimes, we are tempted to congratulate ourselves on our virtues and on the absence of vices in our character. But, this can only be done by closing our eyes to our own incompleteness. None of us have attained unto Christ nor arrived in our Christian life.  The whole business of living is to grow in our relationship with God.   How are you doing?

     Listen to Paul as he wrote in Philippians 3: 13-14:  “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

     Keep on keeping on becoming a Christian, Christ like.

One Response to “PRESSING ON”

  1. Thanks for “Keeping On”!!!

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