When I was a teenager I ran track and field. My favourite races were the 400m and 800m runs. They were fast and tough—no room for error.
My sister also ran. Don’t tell her, but she was always better than me! I remember a conversation I had with her growing up. We talked about how our teammates’ moods, demeanour and lives would swing based on whether or not they won a particular race. They ran like their lives depended on it, and lived accordingly. It often led to misery and anger. Running was always fun for Jenn and I but it wasn’t what our lives depended on. It was not who we were.
Today we’re talking about running a race that matters and setting our goals accordingly. Whose life are you living? Whose race are you running?
Sermon Study Questions Philippians 3:12-21
- What are some life goals you have set for yourself? How have these goals changed since meeting Jesus or getting to know him better?
- What would you say are the goals of St. Paul’s as a community of believers?
- How does your hope for a future with Jesus affect how you live your life today?
- Paul says, “Only let us live up to what we have already attained” (vs. 16). What does this mean to you?