“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 NKJV

Humans have a way of commending themselves. We do not like to hold ourselves to a higher standard. We like to compare ourselves to others in order to validate our shortcomings. As long as we are doing better in something than others, we assume we are doing fine.

For others, it’s a matter of past glories and achievements. This should not be so. As seen in our anchor scripture, Paul chose not to rest on his past victories. He chose not to rest until he hit the mark. When it comes to our walk, we must have the same mindset.

Many times in his letters, Paul commended the brethren for their wholehearted service to God and the brethren. Romans 16 is a good example of this.

In your Christian devotion, have an excellence mindset. It’s not business as usual. Put in all your efforts. There is a mark to reach and it’s not by competing with others but staying focused on your race.

See how Paul explains it in I Corinthians 9:24-25:

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
I Corinthians 9:24‭-‬25 NKJV

As you go about your daily devotion (which includes being of service to the church), aim to do better. Do not serve for selfish gains or to outdo anyone. Serve because it is what God requests of you (Ephesians 2:10).

Do it cheerfully and in love. God will reward you accordingly for He “…is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” – Hebrews 6:10 NKJV

As you go about your daily activities today, take time to pray for the brethren. Think of how you can be a blessing and act accordingly.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 18:15-35, Acts 25:13-27, Psalms 41, Leviticus 11-13