I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Have you ever noticed the passion of football players and coaches? It is often difficult to determine who has more adrenaline going, the 260-pound linebacker or the fifty-five-year-old man wearing a headset on the sidelines.
But this passion is quick-burning and explosive. The average tenure of a professional football player is about four years, and there have been several high-profile cases of coaches suffering heart trouble or leaving the game because of “burnout.” Often these men relied on their own limited strength.
One of the common mistakes believers make in serving God is attempting to labor in their own strength and not in the power of His Spirit. It becomes a trap the enemy uses to discourage those laborers who may have started out in complete sincerity but who somewhere lost sight of the true objective. Sometimes believers focus mostly on the work they perform and gradually lose focus on the god whom they originally were honoring.
The key to fruitful service is remembering to place God first. It is difficult for many of us to intentionally dodge the spotlight, but God’s Word and creation COSTARS NO ONE! We should press on “for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” and allow Christ to work through us. That is reward in itself. Like the old football coach’s T-shirt says: There is no “I” in “TEAM.”
Lord Jesus, let me not seek to be a costar in Your service, but rather a servant seeking only the prize of the upward call of God in You.