I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
Philippians 3:12 NLT
Earlier in this chapter, Paul has listed many of his personal accomplishments—his heritage, education, and zeal for God. Now, he is quick to remind his readers that he considers himself not to have yet reached perfection; he is still pressing on.
It would appear to me that if anyone could rest on his past laurel, Paul would be the right candidate. He had traveled much of the known world preaching the gospel of Jesus and planting churches. Paul had experienced tremendous persecution and suffering for the sake of the gospel. He has written numerous letters that would one day be included in the Holy Bible.
Yet, Paul had a divine dissatisfaction. He was continually pressing forward for more. He lived with the belief that God still had more to do in him and through him. This belief drove Paul to become one of the greatest missionaries and theologians ever to live. Two thousand years after he lived, we are still reading and studying the insights he received about God.
I believe that one of our greatest struggles is that we lose that divine dissatisfaction. We can easily rest on our past accomplishments and victories instead of realizing they were simply setups for our future achievements.
The miracles God did in us and through us in the past are to propel us to more incredible miracles in the future.
Years ago, I had a teacher challenge me to ensure that my most significant testimonies were within the past 30 to 60 days. If all my stories of victories were from 10 or 20 years ago, have I stopped growing? Have I lost my divine dissatisfaction?
Holy Spirit, please stir me with a new sense of divine dissatisfaction. Help me to see You working in and through me today. Help me to experience the new miracles You have for me.
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